one of my delaware hens is eating from my hand

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by blueseal, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. blueseal

    blueseal Songster

    Jul 3, 2008
    the last 2 days she walked up to me i opened my hand and she ate the corn and mash. shes the only one so far. she doesnt seem shy like the others:D[​IMG]
  2. msgenie516

    msgenie516 The Happy Hen

    May 16, 2008
    Nesconset, LI, NY

    That's great! I have six older RIR's that I got full grown and they were really scared when I first got them, wouldn't come near me when I tried to offer them food. But, eventually, one started to eat out of my hand and now they're all over me when I bring them food.

    I can barely walk without worrying about stepping on them and they jump up to my hand just because they THINK I have something for them.

    So I'm sure yours will come around sooner or later. They usually wind up copying the first one that takes food from you. Good luck! [​IMG] Genie
  3. fuzziebutt

    fuzziebutt Songster

    Mar 9, 2009
    I have a Dutch Blue bantam hen that eats out of my hand, and so does her rooster. I can go in saying "bite, bite?" and they are all over me. They are the only ones out of 11 that will. The rest are breeder rescues that have not had much personal contact. They will let me in to feed them and change the water, but after that, they begin to get restless and annoyed with me! I have named them all and they know their names, but we are not buddies like the two smallest and I are! I have a slikie splash rooster, a blue silkie hen, a barred rosecomb rooster, a black hen with a mulberry colored comb, don't know just what she is but she looks like a small crow, a red and black silkie mix rooster, and a black silkie hen. The dutch has 2 chicks, and the splash and blue have a splash pullet.
  4. stormylady

    stormylady Songster

    Dec 27, 2008
    Isn't it great! [​IMG]
    I have 19 4 week olds that all want to be held and well all 19 of the gang rush for attention and I just love it!
    I also have a brooder full of 2 week olds and there all learning the tricks of the chicken trade! The kids say there all spoiled rotten like the dogs and all the other animals!
    I called Ideal to see about letting them have crickets when they were three weeks old and somehow got to talking about how they were so smart! And I can't remember what lady it was that i was speaking with but she said quote " Chickens are not the smartest birds in the Avian family" Hah goes to show what she knows! A very nice lady though, but she did say that it must be there momma (ME) that they had a good teacher! LOL
    So you must be a very good momma too! Have fun with your babies, good luck /Sandy
  5. RavenStorm

    RavenStorm Songster

    Jun 1, 2008
    Southern CA
    Yeah, I thought it was cute too, until they started acting like sharks in a feeding frenzy and trying to eat my hands as well as the food! Hurts like heck, and they get too excited to wait for me to put the treats in their dish now! The other day one of them ripped off a hang-nail, can you imagine how loud I cursed?
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2009
  6. DeeTee

    DeeTee In the Brooder

    Oct 1, 2008
    Desbarats, Ontario
    I have Delawares, Black Sex Links and Red hybrid layers, and the Dellies are far and away the sweetest, gentlest, friendliest birds... and good layers to boot!
  7. Jolly Acres

    Jolly Acres In the Brooder

    Jan 31, 2009
    Paris Twp., OH.
    I love my Delawares. My hens are very friendly and can be picked up and held.
    They are great layers. Haven't tried them for dinner yet.

    I have 13 Delawares hatching today from my flock and just received Delaware eggs from Whitmore Farm today.
    I'm taking a liking to the heritage breeds.

    None of those fancy breeds for me. [​IMG]
  8. stormylady

    stormylady Songster

    Dec 27, 2008
    Quote:Your right I haven't got that far yet but I try not to give them too many treats right now cause there really young yet, just hold them alot.
    maybe later ill regret making them too friendly but right now they're little cuties. Sandy

    My Delawares 2 girls are only 2 wks old right now but I hope they turn out as sweet as yours.
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2009
  9. kycklingar!

    kycklingar! Songster

    Feb 9, 2009
    Linköping, Sweden
    Mine are like sharks, too. But it's so FUN! I sit down and they even jump up into my lap to see if I have anything to share with them. If I don't, sometimes they'll just hang out on my lap and let me cuddle them. [​IMG] It warms my heart! [​IMG]

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