Silkie hens keep running away!

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  1. Adnan10

    Adnan10 New Egg

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    My silkies when I try to hold them they run away. Even though I give them food from my hand. I would think they would trust me by now. 3 & 4 month old females. Is it ever possible I would get to a point where they would want me to pick them up and be happy about it?
     
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    Are they hatchery stock? Unfortunately, hatchery Silkies these days do not really share the naturally friendly and docile temperament of true Silkies, such as those from a breeder. Oftentimes they are quite flighty. However, any bird can be tamed down if it is handled enough. Just hold them very frequently and they will likely become more docile.
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I think it's truthful to say most chickens do not like being held, it's nothing personal. Maybe if you sit on the ground with them and ignore them ( pretend you are reading or something) I bet they will come closer to check you out. Have a treat or two on your lap and see what happens. If not right away they may get closer each day if you don't grab for them. Let them explore you.

    They come eventually decide to sit on your shoulder/or head.
     
  4. Adnan10

    Adnan10 New Egg

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    Yes a hatchery. How long should I hold them for and how often? I get home in the afternoons, I usually staight to them. When I pick one up the other is calling her and vice versa.
     
  5. Adnan10

    Adnan10 New Egg

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    I like the idea of ignoring them. Funny thing is when they see me, they run to me in hopes of snacks. After they get it, I try to pick them up, then they run away.
     
  6. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop


    As often and as long as feasible. The calmest chickens I have are those at my workplace (a poultry feed store), because on slow days I have nothing better to do than sit in the office browsing BYC with a bird or three on my lap. Sometimes that'll go on for an hour or two. You don't even need to be paying attention to them for it to count. Using my workplace as another example, I'll often hold birds while talking to customers. The bird may be in my hand, but I am effectively ignoring it in favor of the customers - however, it does not know that. I will often subconsciously pet it or even gesture with it during this time, so it's being pretty actively handled the entire time. All of this - all physical contact - works to desensitize it to being held.
     
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  8. Adnan10

    Adnan10 New Egg

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    Thank you all so much. I can'twait to try these techniques. The article is quite helpful.
     
  9. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Adnan10 [​IMG] Welcome!

    I hope you enjoy BYC. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
     
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