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Why don't my chicks know that i am giving them treats?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by momofthree, May 27, 2010.

  1. momofthree

    momofthree Songster

    Jan 5, 2010
    Skiatook, OK
    i tossed in some strawberries we harvested that some birds had pecked holes in, or were a bit over ripe.....and my chicks just walked right on passed! i even picked up a few chicks and showed them the berry and sorta helped them poke their beak into it and NOTHING [​IMG]

    They are 4-5 weeks now. They already chase a lizard that likes to play cat and mouse with them in their run, if a june bug buzzes around, they run around after that and they love worms...............any chance they will end up liking the treats i bring them?
  2. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    Quote:You bet, it's all a matter of one brave one having the nerve to try something, then the rest will follow. It's all a matter of learning.
  3. my3jsons

    my3jsons Songster

    Feb 15, 2010
    Keep trying. Ours were that way at first. Now they eat whatever we throw at them and love it. If I go out there without a treat they kind of look at me like, "Well, where is it?" [​IMG]
  4. chicknerd

    chicknerd Songster

    Apr 28, 2010
    I had the same issue. It took several tries of me giving them something by hand before one brave one did and the others quickly followed. They were about the same age as yours. Eventually they came to learn that when I came in I may have a treat and they always look expectantly now. They are almost nine weeks old now.
  5. elmo

    elmo Songster

    May 23, 2009
    In the natural order of things, the hen shows her chicks what to eat. She picks up the food in her beak, drops it down for them and makes a special "come eat this, this is good!" clucking sound. Believe me, when the chicks hear that cluck, they come running and dive in.

    Without a hen to teach them, chicks are more reticent about trying new things, but they will do it eventually. As the other commenter noted, it only takes one brave chick to get the others started.
  6. ScratchesWithChickens

    ScratchesWithChickens Songster

    Jun 28, 2009
    San Diego
    Quote:I actually bok bok at the chicks that I hatch when showing them food by pecking with my finger. It really works! I just pray that my neighbors don't catch me doing it! [​IMG]

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