1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Newbie in South Texas

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jynleago, Mar 24, 2016.

  1. jynleago

    jynleago New Egg

    3
    0
    9
    Mar 21, 2016
    Hello, from Texas Coastal Bend.
    My family and I just became parents to 8 precious chicks, and I'm grateful for all the wealth of advice/support offered here...I'm sure I'll need it constantly! One question I do have is...How do i get the chicks more accustomed to myself/children? I've been doing the "hand dangle" for a few days now, and it doesn't seem to help. Should I be offering treats, or is it too soon? We've had them for a little over a week. Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    17,069
    2,259
    418
    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join us here! Congrats on your new chicks :clap I find just spend g time with them chatting really helps. Also putting the palm of your hand facing up on the floor of the brooder helps them to come and investigate and hop in. When you put your hand on try and go from the side rather than above and down.

    Wishing you the very best of luck and enjoy BYC :frow
     
  3. mlm Mike

    mlm Mike Sunna and Mani

    14,024
    1,260
    408
    Aug 14, 2010
    Hardy Township, OH
    [​IMG]
     
  4. jynleago

    jynleago New Egg

    3
    0
    9
    Mar 21, 2016
    I will give that a try. Thank you!
     
  5. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

    22,883
    3,038
    448
    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us.

    The Learning Centre is a great resource, even for experienced chicken keepers - loads of info on anything chicken. https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    As link you may find useful is:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/getting-started-raising-chickens

    Joining your state thread will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area, which can be helpful (just type the name of your state in the search box).

    All the best
    CT
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    77,093
    5,386
    678
    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Little chicks do recoil from the BIG hand coming down towards them. Everything loves to eat chicken, so they are born wary. If you have a small enclosed area you could let them run around and sit on the floor with them. So they can get a glimpse of more than a hand.
     
  7. jynleago

    jynleago New Egg

    3
    0
    9
    Mar 21, 2016
    Thank you to all!
     
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

    84,500
    3,755
    628
    Jun 15, 2012
    Washington
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
    1 person likes this.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by