Socializing Chicks

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by maxh122801, Mar 31, 2015.

  1. maxh122801

    maxh122801 Out Of The Brooder

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    how should I get my four week old chicks to be less scared of me? should I pick them up even if they run in fear away from my hand? or should I not handle them as much?
     
  2. HarleyHyena

    HarleyHyena Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm curious about this too. I don't want to torment them, but I don't want them growing up and being afraid of me.
     
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Food is the way to chicks hearts!! I put some chick crumb in my hand and place my hand on the floor of the brooder. They are so curious they have to come and investigate. While doing this I talk gently to them so they get used to my voice. Eventually they hop into my hand even scratching and pecking at it. Doing it regular gets them used you.
    Here is a great article on taming chicks https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-tame-chickens-from-the-start

    Wishing you the very best of luck and hope you enjoy BYC :frow
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Chicks/chickens love to eat. After one chick takes it, then the others will follow.
     
  5. maxh122801

    maxh122801 Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks for advice! also another question what kind of treats are okay to feed to the chicks at this age?
     
  6. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    At four weeks they should be ok to have a few meal worms although this can cause a bit of a frenzy I have found. I also give mine a bit of greens or boiled egg. I would try to give treats in moderation so that there main feed is still their chick food which is nutritionally right for their growth. At four weeks and with giving treats I would make sure they have some grit available too.
     
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Hello, and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our community.
     
  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our "flock!"

    Offering chicks treats often tames them. Daily handling also helps. Many chicks (at least in my experience) go through an obnoxious stage at about 4-6 weeks old, when they are somewhat flighty and even aggressive, so I wouldn't worry too much about your chicks' current temperaments--they will likely change a lot as they mature.

    Good luck with your chicks! I hope they turn into gentle birds.
     
  9. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. The way to a chicken's heart is through its stomach. There is a good article at http://www.mypetchicken.com/backyar...-run-away-whenever-they-see-me-Can-I-H57.aspx on how to tame chickens. This method has worked well for my family and I as we have made lap pets of many of our chickens. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. Good luck in taming your chicks.
     
  10. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    [​IMG] so glad you have joined us.


    Do explore the article Michael Oshay gave you.

    Try to let them come to you. Four weeks is old enough to give some limited treats - dried mealy worms - hold them in your still hand and they will come to you.
     

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