Treats for 11 wk buff orps?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by texaschickmama, Sep 24, 2007.

  1. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Songster

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    We got our 13 buff orpington pullets and one roo yesterday. Of course, I want them eating out of my hand right now. How do I get them to trust me and come up to me. I tried to give them a yogurt parfeit this am and they just ran away. Is there an extra special treat that they just can't resist? Any advice will help. [​IMG]
  2. allen wranch

    allen wranch Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    San Marcos, TX
    If you do a search for "treats" in this section you will find numerous posts about what people feed their chicks other than regular feed.

    To get mine to come up to me I start out with a piece of bread. Break in in little pieces and toss it toward them. As they begin to like it, toss it a little closer. After about a week, I can sit down and put the bread on my lap and they will jump up on my leg to get it.
  3. Your search for 'treats' will turn up soooooo much stuff. I don't know what a yoghurt 'parfait' is, but I like to keep it as simple as possible. My birds will kill for a grape, for instance. Cheese is also a favourite.
  4. joanm

    joanm Songster

    May 13, 2007
    Mashed up boiled eggs. Mine love them!
  5. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    When you introduce new yummies, your chick will always give you a "whadya tryin' to kill us?" look and back away. If you leave it and find it gone a few hours later, you know you have a winner.
  6. jkm

    jkm Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    Forest Grove
    the key to our friendly chickens was black niger seed, they would do anything for it, I put a little on the ground then in my hand.
    then they graduated to a plastic bowl with cantalope seeds.
    now they watch the house for me and that bowl and come runnng, tomatoe ends was popular, but niger seed just won them over so fast.
    I tried left over corn chips, baked, oreganic kind, not fritos. Even the shy girl was standing at my shoulder begging, think it was the salt and corn combo.
    I put the bowl between my legs on the groundand pick the girls up one after another, except the shy one, she is impossible from day one.
    so i can pick three up and pet them for a minute or so.
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2007

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