Scared of us?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sebloc, Jul 17, 2016.

  1. sebloc

    sebloc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello
    We have 6 10 week old chickens who seem to be afraid to come near us, and when we try to handle them the try to get away. We do not give them any type of treats (if treats help calm them, please list some). Our major concern is that when we do need to handle them they will be too afraid.
    Thanks for any info/help you can provide.
     
  2. Cacique500

    Cacique500 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I started out giving mine treats and handling them from a very young age. If you sit quietly with them you can provide all types of treats to lure them in and get them used to being around you. Grapes, raisins, mealworms, cherry tomatoes, watermelon...the list is endless. Key thing to remember though is treats should be fed sparingly, maybe 10% or less of their daily intake. In my flock of 5, two are lap dwellers, one can be picked up whenever I want, one is aloof but catchable, and the last one tends to give me a wide berth.

    Just keep working with them and they should warm up to you. I think you also mentioned they were about 10 weeks. This can be an in-between time (think unruly teenager years)...when they get closer to laying they tend to settle down and become friendly again.
     
  3. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Overrun With Chickens

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    2x = Handling early on & treats help & train them to respond. I use freeze dried mealworms, when they're young I squish it in my hand, hold my hand out and wait. Talking to them softly, wait/patience to see who the bravest/leader is but after about 5 minutes if no one comes, I just put it on the floor & sit, waiting & watching in their line of sight. Someone will come, keep doing that for a couple days, then try again with treats in hand. It takes time & patience.

    I keep some FDM in a empty sour cream container (8oz), I shake it before giving them some. They learn really fast, come running when they see me with that container. When they're way out in the yard & I want them in their Run, I shake the container & they come a running. The worst part, they got good hearing! They can hear it even at the slightest shake, so refilling the container gets tricky :)
     
  4. sebloc

    sebloc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, and if I am giving them treats such as watermelon, is grit needed? I would figure yes.
     
  5. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I keep mine in a clear plastic container and boy have they learned what it looks like and sounds like. Without even shaking the container, as soon as I pick it up I get a bunch of birds clustered at my feet, looking up at me. If I lower the container they peck at it, that's their way of saying, "Hey come on, we're waiting!"

    I think grit should always be offered, so the birds can choose whether or not they need it. If you have your flock on sandy/rocky soil you probably don't need to provide extra grit since they're already picking it up from the ground.
     
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  6. sebloc

    sebloc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks all :D
     
  7. beb444

    beb444 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a treat list in the forum in my link below if you go there:)
     
  8. sebloc

    sebloc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, I'll have to look!
     

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