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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 2goose, Sep 9, 2011.

  1. 2goose

    2goose In the Brooder

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    Chickens are born knowing all they need to know.
    Example-- they know were the food is, where the water is, and that bugs are good to eat.

    We, nor their mothers don't need to" teach" them anything. All we need to do is provide them with a safe environment.
     

  2. WingingIt

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    There's literally no question in there. [​IMG]
     
  3. JerseyFresh

    JerseyFresh Songster

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    Preaching to the choir here.
     
  4. mystang89

    mystang89 Songster

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    I had to teach mine not to sleep in the nesting boxes and teach them to sleep on the roost but that was about it. I've also read that you can teach them not to poop in the house, so I've read, not going to test that one out.
     
  5. stcroixusvi

    stcroixusvi Songster

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    No they aren't. They hang out with their mother for a while so she can help them out.
     
  6. K8tieCat

    K8tieCat Songster

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    My great moms taught the little ones how to bathe, how to scratch, where to find the good food, how to look out for strangers, where to find water, that it's OK to sleep on the big girls' roost when you're still a half-pint. Most things chicks know by instinct, but I think their skills are greatly improved with a proper parent.

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  7. Jasmine1998

    Jasmine1998 Songster

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    Quote:^^^This.....I think they will eventually start doing what they need to do by instinct but with a mother hen they learn to do these things much younger & quicker.
     

  8. KDailey

    KDailey Crazy Cochin Lady

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    I think most people dip the chicks beaks in the water and food to show them where it is when they first get them. That's teaching. The chicks are just very fast learners and catch on quickly.
     
  9. cravenchx

    cravenchx Songster

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    And I had to "train" mine to return to
    the coop, when we first released them
    into the run
     

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