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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Arwenelfmaiden, Sep 2, 2015.
Thank you for you're sound advise. The success I hope for is to learn more everyday about my 6 girls, to be the best human they could have caring for them & that they are happy so they will lay eggs for me. That's my reward, if I so I deserve.
You're very welcome, @Arwenelfmaiden ! My own efforts have just recently been rewarded since nearly all of those "babies" are now laying white, tan, pink, blue, green, terra cotta red, and dark chocolate eggs for me.
Ha! I understand the sentiment
If it is any comfort, my girls will ALL let me touch, pet, and cuddle them the day they started to lay, and not a day sooner. Those who have yet to go into lay want nothing to do with me, other than running over to eat the treats I have to offer.
I'm not super into chicken cuddling, but being able to physically pick up your hen occasionally certainly has made life a bit easier around here!
Quote:Quick, someone breed those! I've GOT to have one...haha! Seriously, though, I am glad to be of encouragement, Arwenelfmaiden. It is apparent to me that you are a wonderful, caring chicken mom and that your girls are blessed to have a home with you. Best wishes!
FORTUNATE, LOVING OWNERS-YOU ARE BLESSES, MY FRIEND
Two points, 1. Almost all chickens go thru what I call a teenage phase where you are just the one who buys food and supply the cell phone. This will end about the time they start laying. 2. A chased chicken is a flighty chicken. No prey animal see's being chased as a good thing. If they didn't have the run when being chased instinct there wouldn't be any chickens left. Sit down with treats and let them come to you.
My girls get the heels off the bread, but if they want some they have to come to me. I don't pick them up or try to pet them but they will sit on the back porch steps and tell me about their day. They trust me, some more than others. That's just chickens.
LOL... That about sums it up...
Huh, now that you mention it, my 5 pullets totally went through that "flighty" phase!! I was also feeling a little bummed that they weren't more friendly, but they have just continued to settle down after they started laying. They are right about 8 months old now, and while a couple (my EE and my white rock) are still not really cuddly, my barred rock jumps onto my lap at every opportunity.
Course, when they were being really standoffish, I started bribing them with real live meal worms from petsmart now, even the ones that don't like being picked up will let me pet them and come running just on the off chance I've got goodies!
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