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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by I <3 Chicks, Jan 28, 2011.
Will chickens love you more if you hatch them and you are the first thing they see
Not in my experience.
I do see a difference in chicks that are hatched on site and chicks that are mailed from a hatchery and bounce through the mail for three days in the dark. Could also be the breeds I raise are already super friendly anyway, though. The ones I hatch are unafraid and trusting from the beginning.
While I'm sure it is impossible to know for sure...
I will answer YES...
that is my story and I'm sticking to it! and I am hatching today and tomorrow!!
14 little fuzz butts who will love me WAY more than if they were shipped from some hatchery somewhere... without love and smooches from right after hatch...
I don't think chickens actually 'love' anything but I think mine seem to be a little more friendly when I hatch them...on the other hand I have a turkey that I bought out of a tank at the feed store who is super, super friendly and I hatched some Rhode Island Reds who hated me so I think we may indeed be talking about breed differences as well experience.
I think that maybe when they are mail ordered, the time out of personal contact with humans and the rough ride to their home, would make them less trusting. I have seen no difference in my chicks that I've hatched and day old chicks that I've gotten directly from the hatchery. Good question.
There is some difference, though if becomes less noticeable with age for mine, or at least once they're integrated with the rest of the flock
Nah, they will love you more if you give them more bread, or treats.
My girls come running to the corner of the coop run as soon as they hear that back door open, right there at my feet as I try to get into the coop to check food, water, or clean..they know, spoiled little stinks, just waiting to see what I have, they follow me right under foot the whole time until they get the treat. Too cute. I love them though.
I have been wondering that myself. My cochin bantams I hatched are very lovable while my EE's are wild creatures. The BLRW I hatched are not very friendly while the Speckled Sussex from a hatchery are sweethearts. My conclusion is it's the breed not where they hatched.
Thanks for all your amazing feedback