Newbie from Tassie!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by lavanderfletch, Apr 28, 2016.

  1. Hi my name is Heather, I'm from Tasmania and I've had chooks since I was 10 when in grade 4 we hatched chickens as a project. I've recently bought some new pullets after my last lot of chooks were taken by our dogs.
    They are Dilly Dilly the lavander ameracana, Betsy and Moss the Bantam RIR's and Ginge the buff pekin.
    My last lot of girls were very friendly Cocoa, my 9 yr old Welsummer/Wyandotte along with Fraidy Kat my 1year old crossbreed were hand reared and the others would just follow their lead until they got used to me. Now these new girls haven't had any handling, ( if it was up to me I would have gotten day olds to raise myself so they would be friendly buty parents didn't want to risk getting roosters) these girls can be very flighty, when I let them out of a morning they shoot out of the coop and are off. They won't take food from me as of yet, I've tried getting into the coop with them but that just resulted in the girls panicking. Now if I want to check them over or dust them for critters I have to do it at night. Is there any way that I can gain their trust? Also Ginge the pekin has started pecking when we pick her up at night, I'd like to try and resolve this before she gets into a habit since we have littles who love to come feed them.
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi Heather and [​IMG] - glad that you have joined us. I'd say that simply spending time around them is the best way to start - maybe read a book or listen to music - whatever. You can feed them by throwing food increasingly closer to you in an effort to try and get them to eat from your hand eventually. I've found that pullets seem to become more friendly when they begin to lay. There will always be some chickens that don't like to be near people, regardless of what you do (I have two in my flock) - chickens will be chickens!

    On a slightly different note, you may wish to join your country thread and chat to others from Down Under - its a very active thread -

    All the best
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC, and good luck with your new birds.
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens.
  6. N F C

    N F C home again! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

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