Spoiled chickens?

Jackie-83

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Are my chickens spoiled? So, I have 8 hens. They were 4-6 months old when I got them about 10 weeks ago. They come when they are called (by me at least). They eat from my hand, sit in my lap and allow me to pet them. They love grapes and watermelon rind. I give them live crickets and mealworms. I raise my own mealworms. They also like baked potatoes. They usually pick the oyster shells that I add to their feed out and don't eat it. The scratch I have is wheat, barley, and corn mixed... they dont eat the corn. There is some kind of weed that grows around here that they really like, if I'm not going to be home to watch over them, I cut some of the weed and put it in their run for them. I only let them out of their run if I'm able to watch over them. Ok, I'm rambling. But are my chickens spoiled or is this normal? I've never had chickens before this... but I love my girls!
 

Lacy Duckwing

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I would say you have spoiled chickens. I've had chickens so spoiled that they would get me to follow them and they would take me to the shed and give me a look that basically said that they wanted the treats that were in there.
One thing though, I'm not so sure you should be giving them potatoes... I think those are poisonous to chickens. Maybe not sweet potatoes, but potatoes.
 

Eggscaping

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Are my chickens spoiled? So, I have 8 hens. They were 4-6 months old when I got them about 10 weeks ago. They come when they are called (by me at least). They eat from my hand, sit in my lap and allow me to pet them. They love grapes and watermelon rind. I give them live crickets and mealworms. I raise my own mealworms. They also like baked potatoes. They usually pick the oyster shells that I add to their feed out and don't eat it. The scratch I have is wheat, barley, and corn mixed... they dont eat the corn. There is some kind of weed that grows around here that they really like, if I'm not going to be home to watch over them, I cut some of the weed and put it in their run for them. I only let them out of their run if I'm able to watch over them. Ok, I'm rambling. But are my chickens spoiled or is this normal? I've never had chickens before this... but I love my girls!


Welcome to BackYardChickens! So glad to have you here in our wonderful community of friendly, helpful, knowledgeable people! If YOUR chickens are spoiled, then so are ours (also our first) who have names, come when anyone approaches the run - expecting treats - sit on our shoulders, laps, or heads, get mealworms and soldier fly larvae, and also get the weeds that grow in our double lot. Some of those 'weeds' are actually a type of alfalfa which is used as animal fodder, so yeah...it's good for them.
 

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