Scared Chickens- How Should I Bond With Them?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by crestfosterfarm, Mar 19, 2018.

  1. crestfosterfarm

    crestfosterfarm In the Brooder

    Mar 14, 2018
    We recently got 2 americauna's and a barred rock when they were 3 months old (all hens). They had no human experience/ little interactions so they are very scared of us. Is there a way to make them warm up to us and make them more comfortable around people?

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  2. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams

  3. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Crowing

    Jul 3, 2016
    Pac NW
    My Coop
    Treats for sure. They probably won't take them from you at the start, but even if you offer them treats tossed on the ground they'll eventually start associating you with the snacks.

    When you are around them, keep your movements minimal and talk to them softly. Since humans are tall and scary to a chicken, sitting down will help make them more comfortable, like on a small stool.
  4. RUNuts

    RUNuts Free Ranging

    May 19, 2017
    Eastern Houston
    Food, time and patience. Just like dogs, the more time you spend with them, the bigger the benefits. Take a book and read while they watch you. Familiarity breeds comfort.

    Ideally, start this with chicks. Some just never get comfortable. Leghorns and other flighty breeds for an example. But they will be the first to run up and eat out of hand if treats are available. Otherwise, keep your distance please.
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  5. Patinas

    Patinas Songster

    Mar 22, 2017
    I agree that calm, patience and treats are the road to follow. Don't try and pick them up. Try just sitting with them and let them come to you. One day, one might just jump on your lap!

    I also agree that just talking to them in a calm voice is good. Mine jump on the roost in their run when I walk up to them. I bend down to their level and just talk to them and they love it! They fight for space on the roost to be closest to me and when I talk to them, they make total eye contact and actually act like they are interested in what I'm's kinda weird but wonderful!
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  6. Whenever you approach them kneel never tower over them .You look like a giant threat to them but sit a chair by them and throw them treat gradually getting them closer to you and when they get comfortable feed them from your hand. Eventually they will love you. Just be patient Good Luck
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