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Taming Older Birds

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by chicken19, Jan 28, 2016.

  1. chicken19

    chicken19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there anyway to tame older chickens?!!!
    By tame I mean get them used to being held and petted.
     
  2. Chicken Egg 17

    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I heard that if you go up to them pick them up and pet them for a minute and set them on the ground and apply little pressure to the pm until they crouch down and then just do that a couple times a day and they should let you pick them up after awhile
     
  3. Chicken Egg 17

    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well they should crouch down after awhile when you go up to them to pick them up
     
  4. chicken19

    chicken19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My older birds that were not handled previously won't let me catch them????
     
  5. chicken19

    chicken19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll try your idea though.
    I do that with my pullet and cockerels.
     
  6. chicken19

    chicken19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    pullet(s)
     
  7. Chicken Egg 17

    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok hope it helps let me know if it don't and I can help you then and go from there
     
  8. chicken19

    chicken19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sure.
    I'll post tomorrow on how it went!
     
  9. Chicken Egg 17

    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you can't catch them try and keep them in there house while you do it and once you are done with one let them out of there house and or you could sit in there for a bit with them and tell them shhhhh and just talk to them a bit it calms them down
     
  10. Mountain Peeps

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    The best way I've found to tame older chickens is: start by standing near them and scattering food around yourself. Don't try to touch them. Just talk to them sweetly and softly. After a couple days of doing that, crouch down while they are eating. Do not touch them but rather just keep speaking gently. After another couple of days or even a week, begin hand feeding them while talking in the same, soothing voice. Eventually, you should be able to touch them while they eat and be able to pick them up with few issues. ALWAYS, speak gently and never frighten them.
     
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