Taming Chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by SubUFarmer, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. SubUFarmer

    SubUFarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    Does anyone have tips on taming a hen? We just got a new Dominique pullet about 11 weeks old. She has been with us for a week. She has been free ranging, given special treats and the 4 other hens have accepted her. She still isn't crazy about people. She bites me a lot. Not just peck; I mean clamps down on my fingers. Do I just need to give her more time? Is this just a quality of the breed? Any and all help is appreciated. Thank you.
     
  2. hispoptart

    hispoptart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not sure about the breed, but with mine they are about 12 weeks now and when they peck me hard I tap them on their beaks or grab it for a sec and tell them NO! seems to help. I am sure some one else with more experience will come along soon.
     
  3. juliawitt

    juliawitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Doms are my sweetest chickens. However, I got them as little peeps. So, if your dom has never been handled, you will have to work on it. Mealworms are my favorite way to tame. I get a couple of mealworms in my palm and then give them to the chicken I need to tame. After a few days of this "special" treatment, she should view you as a way to get a tasty treat. Since she isn't used to human interaction and wasn't handled as a peep, I don't know how quickly this will work. I currently have 12 new babies in the brooder. Everyday, I make sure I pick each one up, pet it and talk to it. Makes for more easily handled chickens. Best of luck!! Oh, and I agree, if they bite, I would push the offender away gently. Then I would force her to let me pick her up. She needs to know you are large and in charge......
     
  4. jenkassai

    jenkassai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is my first time with chickens, and I just got them a couple of weeks ago as day-olds, but my Dominique girls are the friendliest of my "flock". They run to me when I stick my hand in the brooder and stand there waiting to be picked up. Hopefully she'll warm up to you in time with those tasty treats!
     
  5. SubUFarmer

    SubUFarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much for your responses. I will try to give her some treats. Have a great day!
     
  6. ZoeS95423

    ZoeS95423 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got my dominiques at about 8 weeks old, they were scared at first, but they LOVE peas. Now when I go outside they come running, and follow me around half the time. [​IMG]
     

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