Sudden change in attitude? Why?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cejunes, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. cejunes

    cejunes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    Post Falls, ID
    I have two little cochin banties and up until today they wanted nothing to do with me and would run away from me, even when the rest would take treats out of my hand. They are now about 6 months old and when I went out today, not just one, but both of them came right up to me, one standing on my foot and wouldn't leave me alone. I'm not complaining, I'm just wondering if anyone else has experienced this with their little ones. Also, neither one are laying yet, but I've been told that banties won't start laying until they are 8-9 months old. Is this correct?

    Here's a pic of the two girls

  2. MissJenny

    MissJenny Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2009
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    I have no answer for the change in attitude (that IS odd), but everything I've read about cochins says they develop later. I would think 8 to 9 months is really late.

    Maybe they finally acquired an "if you can't ignore them, join them" frame of mind and got on the bandwagon all at once. I am noticing more and more that what these birds do is mostly inexplicable. But adorable. [​IMG]

  3. LivinNewDreamInND

    LivinNewDreamInND Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2010
    They are really pretty. How nice that they became more friendly and not the other way around. My chickens are almost 14 weeks and I have a few stand offish ones, but who knows maybe there is hope for them coming around.
  4. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 22, 2007
    Morganton, NC
    My bantam cochins always start laying at 5-5.5 months old.

    As far as attitude, maybe they just decided if they are friendlier they may get more treats then everyone else.

  5. SmittenChicken

    SmittenChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2010
    I'm raising my first flock and haven't had any eggs YET, but I have noticed my chickens becoming a lot more friendly over the last couple weeks (they are 19 weeks today). I still have a couple EEs that run if I try to touch them, but everyone else is a lot calmer and the 4 pullets that have started squatting are really gregarious now. From what I've read on BYC they tend to go through an unfriendly stage and then mellow out around the time they start laying. Do your pullets squat when you try to pet them?
  6. DurangoCal

    DurangoCal Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 21, 2010
    Durango, Colorado
    Quote:Yes, mine do! Especially ones that are already laying.
  7. nanawendy

    nanawendy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    Bellingham Wa
    cejunes... Your ladies my be confusing you with a roo... It's like batting their eyelashes @ you...hubba...hubba [​IMG]
  8. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 16, 2009
    Their hormones probably are kicking in.

    Either that or they had a fright and know that you are safe to be around.

    Good Luck,

  9. cejunes

    cejunes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    Post Falls, ID
    Do your pullets squat when you try to pet them?

    Yes, they do... what does that mean? Ready for a roo? He's not quite old enough yet though... another month or so.​
  10. Costa Rica Art

    Costa Rica Art Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi, all 7 of my ponedoras squat even if they don't get petted. Juan, my helper started petting the ladies when I bought them 5 weeks ago and now follow him, me, my wife around to be petted whenever we stop they squat. Some of them when they squat do a little dance, extcited or what I don't know but then they are still teaching me.[​IMG] All of them come running whenever anyone goes out the back door. What is really funny to me, they can be in the coop but when it starts raining out they come, they will stay out in the rain unless it really pours. Oh yeah, do they ever sing the egg song, long and loud. Both of us when we hear that will go and check for the egg that is there, love that song. [​IMG]

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