Newbie Training Question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by robinwiththechickens, May 3, 2011.

  1. robinwiththechickens

    robinwiththechickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never trained anything in my life...I always end up getting trained so I have no idea what I'm doing here.

    I've been trying to get my 6-week old chicks to hop up in my lap when I sit in my lawn chair in their run. I found out weeks ago that noodles are their favorite treat, so now they only get a noodle if they come up on my lap. After 2 weeks of this I tried today sitting down without the noodles and when they jumped up they gave me the most disappointed disapproving look and immediately hopped down.

    My question is how do I keep them coming back if I don't have treats every time?
     
  2. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

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    Oooh a psych 101 question-intermintent reinforcement of the desired behavior is advised. In other words give them the spag at random times. Actually I would start by having them jump up, them show them the spag treat, then tell them if they want it they need to stay for a while for some petting and then start increasing the time before giving them a treat. The next step would be decreasing the frequency of the treats.
     

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