Hens

The chicken whisperer

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A few weeks ago, we went to a local poultry swap, and I learned all about how to tame your chickens. This weekend, I decided to give it a go. First things first, I caught Georgina-Henrietta (no small feat in and of itself) by bribing her near me with a bit of cheese. Following the instructions of a formidable chicken owner we met at the swap, I held GH to me, attempted (somewhat successfully) to cradle her in a firm but affectionate way on my lap, and gently stroked the underside of her neck. While I have yet to see the relaxing effects of this method (she did not fall asleep, nor did she seem more agreeable to being caught and held down), I think it was nevertheless a bonding experience for us. And perhaps it was just my imagination, but she did seem a little less upset about being caught and held today. 😉

2 thoughts on “The chicken whisperer

  1. I’ve never tried under the throat, but sometimes we stroke them on the head/neck and back to calm them if we pick them up in the evening when it’s dark (we check them for mites). Keep trying though, or….get them when they are chicks.

    1. Good idea! I got them when they were about 5 months old, and I have the feeling that they were never really handled before that. At first they wouldn’t come near me at all, but now they follow me around the yard now just like the dog, especially when they think I have treats for them. 😉 Maybe in another six months, they’ll be a little more agreeable to being loved on! So far, I have only been able to get close enough to the buff one to check her for mites and bugs.

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