Tips On How To Raise Friendly Chickens! *You will be surprised with Number 2*

In our previous articles, we at the typesofchicken.com team were mostly focused on the usage of chickens as products, which breeds give the best meat, what to feed your chicken to get the best eggs, and more.

But from what we`ve learned from some of your e-mails, it seems like some of our regular readers are interested in how to raise friendly chickens.

After doing some research and some discussions we are now ready to give a few tips on how to raise friendly chickens.

1. It`s never too early to start

After getting your baby chicks, or after hatching – they will be very afraid and confused about everything around them.

Luckily we know the most common mistakes about raising chickens, and some of the secrets which chicken keepers keep.

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Everything will be new to them. Baby chicks don’t have the habits of an adult chicken.

As soon as they start moving try spending as much time with them so they can get used to your presence, give them treats from time to time, and make sure that you are not aggressive when picking them up. Just make sure to pick the right treats.

Make sure when you are petting them that you are not using too much force.

Try talking to them, we`ll discuss in a moment why is important.

If your chicks are hatched, make sure that they spend time bonding with their mothers not only with you.

 2. Talking to your chickens & why is that important

Chickens are one of the more intelligent animals on this planet. They have the ability to see in color and they have a big memory.

When you pick your chickens or baby chicks for petting try talking to them in a friendly manner, it is a fact that they will not understand you, but they will remember the sound of your voice.

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By doing this you will help them adapt to your presence in their environment. Soon, consider your lap a safe and friendly place.

This is very important to do when you are dealing with baby chicks, because as I said before they are scared and gentle. Spend as much time as you can talking to your chicks.

They will grow to be good and friendly chickens and excellent listeners.

3. Why is being patient with chickens important

First of all, you must determine the gender of your chicken.

Being patient with them is most important. They still are animals and the size difference between you and them will always put some fear in their eyes.

As much as I like talking the best about chickens I have to say that they can be very adamant.

Especially in that period when they stop being the cute little baby chicks and start growing into healthy chickens.

Especially during the winter and the summer.

Between these periods they start being very annoying, something like teenagers.

They don’t want to be petted and they will run from you. This is normal with chickens of that age.

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It will take a lot of time, patience, and effort to make a friendly chicken from your baby chicks.

Regardless, when that moment comes and this little furry bird jumps on your lap and starts moving its head into your chest area it will all be worth it.

If you have children make sure that you let them play with the baby chicks because I have yet to see a child that does not enjoy playing with them.

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23 thoughts on “Tips On How To Raise Friendly Chickens! *You will be surprised with Number 2*”

  1. A couple more tips to add: (1) raising them in a brooder or a box with a light bulb will usually cause chicks to become much tamer than if a broody hen raises them. A mother hen will be protective and herd her babies away from people, thus teaching them to be cautious. (2) But it doesn’t take a lot of effort to tame young birds that have been raised by a hen. After they’ve been separated from the mother (usually when they are fully feathered out) pick up the youngsters and carry them around a few times, speaking softly and stroking them. They get the idea pretty quick. (3) When you pick up a young bird, scoop it up from below rather than grabbing from above. It’s much less scary. Hawks and other predators pounce on young chicks, so any motion coming from above them will frighten them. Hold the baby to your chest, restraining the wings so it can’t struggle, and carry it around. It only takes a few times and they learn not to be afraid.

    • Thanks alot for ur tips I have a black hen that I’m making as a pet I think its so cute to see a chicken that will come up to u and not be afraid of u u don’t really see that much

  2. I have 9 chickens they are all my pets. 2 live in the house.
    One is my contact companion.
    She comes when I call her even if she’s in another room.
    I recently lost my mother and I’ll tell you she was very comforting. Animals can be very therapeutic.

    • Sorry about the loss of your mother.
      I’m curious about the two you keep in the house.
      This article says chickens are pretty smart. Are they house-trained?
      Do they go in a kitty litter box? Or do you have to clean up after them?

  3. My son’s autism was definitely calmed down around our pet hen…I was so grateful for her and was ready to fight the city cause they were trying to pass ordinances on chickens. Can take the girl to the city but the city will have the chicken!🙂

  4. Everyone thinks I’m weird because I talk to my girls. I pick them up and just carry one of them around as I’m putzing in the garden or their coop. I lost 2 this fall to a raccoon attack (novice error) because we didn’t realize they climb. It got in through the top ventilation of the coop. We have since closed up those particular vents. But I was devastated! I actually lamented. I didn’t understand the term until that day. But we got more chickens and are having such a blast learning about them. My husband even agreed to get a few more! We have 4. I want 12 more. But I’m so glad to see I’m doing good with my girls. Thank you for this article. God bless!

  5. We learned quickly that chickens that are held and loved are more friendly than those that aren’t. Go figure? It is also definitely tied in to the breed. Barred Rock hens are so sweet, I’ve never had one that wasn’t friendly.

    One trick my daughter had for taking chickens was to put the chicken somewhat on its side, resting on her shoulder. The sideways position must have put them partway into their “trance”, and they’d ride around on her shoulder peacefully.

    I really miss having chickens. Someday I need to get my coop started up again.

  6. I’m thinking about getting some chickens. What’s the 1st thing I need to do? Did anyone make mistakes at 1st and how did you fix it? I’m looking for advice of any kind. I want to do right by them. Thank you!

    • I just became a chicken mom of 24 chicks leghorns to be exact and yes the first mistake I made was not having a coop ready for them also try to keep their food and water up a little higher or itll be alo more work and a lot of food that lost to poo and don’t forget im new at this but boy they LOVE LOVE LOVE their dirt baths and to be spoken to and everything ^^^are saying except eating them sad but sometimes nessasury

  7. Thanks for all your advice. Good article. I am 71 and caring for my 81 year-old husband with dementia. Stuck at home because of COVID-19 and no one to help care for him. I now have 14 small chickens and a coop. First ever for me. I have dogs but allergic to cats. I need all the advice I can get.

    • Hey Key,
      Thanks for your comment and hope you’re doing fine. On our website, you can find a lot of articles about chickens that will help you. Chickens are just awesome and we all love them!

  8. Sad and miserable I’d say to have such horrible words to say. Sorry for whatever has happened to you on life Julie but being rude to others is never needed in this world.


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