New to chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by lilfiish, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. lilfiish

    lilfiish New Egg

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    My partner and I decided to keep chickens this year. We have 3 16 week old Warrens that free range during the day and sleep in a coop at night. We've had them a couple of days and we're already in love with them!
    They seem a little hesitant. We are trying not to upset them or get to close and frighten them but they seem to stick together in one corner of the garden and not move much. Is this normal?

    Great forum- we've learned lots already!
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] they need time to adjust to you. In the time before you took them, they probably didn't receive much interaction with humans. So they are fearful - you can ease into their good graces by offering them some treats. For instance pick a time you will be able to visit them daily. Pick a treat, dinner scraps, black oil sun flower seeds, meal worms - whatever, and dispense them . Maybe you could announce your visit with "Mama's here," or "Hey Chickies," anything but use the same words each time. This way they will come to realize you will behave in a certain manner that was pleasurable to them.

    Once they get brave enough to come closer for treats, you could start sitting on the ground and dispensing some. Sooner or later a chicken will get brave enough to climb in your lap, or snatch treats from your hand or bucket. Don't deliberately reach for them yet but, maybe accidentally your hand might come in contact with them. After one is bold the others will become more brazen. It just takes patience - chickens love humans bearing treats. Just don't overdo it or they will turn up their beaks up at the nutritional feed they should be eating.[​IMG]
     
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]Happy you joined!
     
  4. Mehjr10

    Mehjr10 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC from West TN!
     
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us! Drumstick Diva gave you very good advice. Best of luck with them.
     
  6. lilfiish

    lilfiish New Egg

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    Thanks all, that sounds like great advice. We've just given them some meal worms for breakfast and had a little chat. They don't seem overjoyed at the great British weather this morning. (But then, who is?!)
     
  7. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

    Welcome and enjoy!
    Steve.:frow
     
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome to BYC!
     
  9. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! drumstick diva gave you great advice!
     
  10. jmandawn

    jmandawn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First - Welcome to the flock! Second - Give them time to adjust and you will get out of them what you put into them. Third - You should get LOTS of eggs from them.
     

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