Pavlov Experiment (with Chickens)

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CoalLucker, Jan 9, 2017.

  1. CoalLucker

    CoalLucker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2016
    Pavlov Experiment

    Train the chickens to run to the coop at the sound of a bell​

    Start by ringing the bell and then herd the chickens into the coop giving them cereal/treats upon their arrival to the coop
    Do this 1-2 times a day until they start to get the idea of what’s going on
    By the end of the experiment the chickens should run into the coop at the sound of the bell​

    Getting the chickens to respond this way to the bell could help with danger situations so that it doesn’t take forever to round up each individual chicken​

    This will be a long process that will take some time, pictures and videos will follow this post as soon as my research goes underway.
    So make sure you stay tuned!​
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2017
  2. TalkALittle

    TalkALittle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2014
    I wouldn't ring the bell and herd them in. Herding them is likely an unpleasant experience for them and they are more likely to scatter and take measures to avoid you if you repeat that pairing.

    I'd ring the bell and scatter scratch or mealworms or something else you absolutely know they enjoy right in front of them. Repeat the "ring followed by treats" pattern often right in front of them then ring and treat a short distance away but so they can see the falling treats. They will quickly learn that the bell signals falling treats and to run quickly to where the bell is ringing.

    I classically conditioned my chickens to expect treats when they hear me clang the metal lid of the feed bin. It took absolutely zero extra effort on my part. I paired it with a "here chick chick chick" call and they come running for either.
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    Chickens are highly food motivated and easily trained. You need to condition them to associate the sound of the bell with yummy treats. You can have them trained to the bell in a matter of days, using treat association.
    Herding is more of a fear response, and may cause them to associate the bell with negative things.
  4. Redhead Rae

    Redhead Rae Chickens, chickens everywhere! Premium Member

    Jan 4, 2017
    Braxton County, WV
    Our chickens (for the most part) are trained to follow the sound of feed being shaken in a bucket. The problem I've run into is trying to lure them to a "new" area. They aren't that sure about that.
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Agrees herding them is pretty hard to herding cats....haha!!

    Pulling is easier than pushing.

    Yep, food is key to 'Pavlovian' training.
    I use the 'scratch rattle'.....scratch grains in half gallon milk jug scoop...for my 'bell'.
    Or BOSS in plastic pint bottle.
  6. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 14, 2015
    Northern Colorado
    I just yell "here chook chook" and get attacked lol... It doesn't matter if I even have food anymore; they've become so accustomed to me bringing treats when I go out, they really don't even need me to call them, just have to spot me. :D

    Food, huge motivator. I always use a Red coffee can to scoop feed with, so from chick age up, all they ever learn is: lady with red can= food, then lady= food. They look at me funny if I'm wearing a dress and my "good" coat, but they hear my voice and know its me.

    Bell, voice, can... They're totally trainable with just the food, no herding required :)
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2017

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