|One of the chicks checking out an older hen.|
I let Ellie raise these chicks on her own and I didn't interfere too much, so they are definitely more wild than the chicks I have raised myself from just a few days old. I want Ellie's chicks to be more comfortable around me, so I decided to bribe them with some black oil sunflower seeds - their favorite treat! At first I threw the seeds away from me and as soon as they hit the ground, the chicks were all over them, scrambling and jumping over each other to get a bite.
I threw a couple very small handfuls to them this way until they got comfortable enough to come a little bit closer, then I put some seeds in my hand to see what they'd do.
They were wary at first, so I let some seeds slip through my fingers to land on the ground right below me and they came up to eat those seeds. Eventually, they realized my hand was full of goodies and dug in.
I think they are a little too smart for their own good, because once they were eating out of my hand, they realized instead they could just go straight to the source.
Smart chickies going right for the bucket! Now that they're eating out of my hand, the next step is petting them. I hope I can make some progress on that soon.
How do you get your chicks to warm up to you?
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