Newbie to raising chicks

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by lisa67steve99, Mar 4, 2014.

  1. lisa67steve99

    lisa67steve99 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 2, 2014
    :)Hubby and I just made the plunge into raising chickens after talking about it for several years. We have 14 two week old chicks (10 RIR, 4 Barred Rock). Our coop is almost finished and we will be starting on the run soon. Would appreciate any advice on training my girls to be tame and not be afraid of us.
  2. tlcarnes2176

    tlcarnes2176 Chillin' With My Peeps

    The best advice I could give you is to hold them often and try to feed them by hand as often as you can. Spending a lot of time with them goes a long way to gaining their trust.

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  3. WooingWyandotte

    WooingWyandotte Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 25, 2011
    Nor cal
    Hand feeding. They love tomatoes, rice, quinoa, pretty much anything (as with most animals, not chocolate). [​IMG]

    In my experience, the sooner you feed them leftovers the easier it is to get them to like it. In example, I once bought a chicken who had been in a cage with pellets for food all her life. Gave her some leftovers, she wouldn't touch them.

    Later gave her some friends who knew how great leftovers were, and when she saw other chickens devouring them she eventually hopped right in.

    But starting them early is the best.

    Good luck on your chicken adventure!
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  4. Hello [​IMG] and Welcome to BYC!!! [​IMG] Glad You Joined Us!
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  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
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  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop

    Give them time. Move slowly around them, handle them a lot, but pick them up slowly. Get them out on the living room floor, spend time with them. When they are ready to head out to the coop, go sit with them in the run with a bag of goodies. They will be all over you like bees on honey!! They will get used to you eventually. Chickens are prey and are not yet sure who plans on eating them! [​IMG]

    Good luck with your new babies and enjoy BYC!
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  7. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] great to have you joining the BYC flock [​IMG]
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  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. Feed coupled with slow careful movements will help to tame your birds.
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  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture

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