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Raising Tame Chickens

by | Feb 2, 2021 | Meyer Moment

Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about raising tame chickens. Many folks get chickens with the idea of delicious fresh eggs but are soon charmed with their pet-like nature. Having docile and tame chickens is especially important for families with small children and those wanting chicken companionship. Here are our best tips for raising tame chickens!

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Hey everyone! Welcome back to The Coop with Meyer Hatchery – where we talk all things poultry in hopes of inspiring crazy chicken keepers and educating future flock owners. Each week we like to take a Meyer Moment to cover relevant happenings. 

Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about raising tame chickens. Many folks get chickens with the idea of delicious fresh eggs but are soon charmed with their pet-like nature. Having docile and tame chickens is especially important for families with small children and those wanting chicken companionship. Here are our best tips for raising tame chickens!

When starting a flock, there are a few breeds that are noted for being especially docile and good for pets. Friendly breeds you may want to consider include Silkies, Brahmas, Cochins, and Orpingtons. These breeds are famed for friendly dispositions and docile personalities.  

Regular handling and interaction is a sure way to set the foundation for your chickens, to be comfortable with people. Start them young with regular, gentle handling. An even-toned voice and smooth movement will keep the chicks at ease. Be relaxed and confident as chickens can sense emotions! 

A stress-free environment is very important for happy, tame chickens. Plenty of space to roost and forage, ensures the chickens don’t get bored. Feather picking and egg-eating can be brought on by bored chickens. A stimulating environment with plenty of quality feed and fresh water keeps chickens satisfied and comfortable. 

If you have a flock that includes roosters, an even ratio of hens is crucial for flock happiness. The Ideal ratio is about 10 hens to every 1 rooster. Too many roosters can cause stressed out and nervous chickens.

Treats are a time-tested, flock approved way for you to always be a welcome sight to your chickens. You can even use a certain call or whistle as you offer treats to condition your chickens to associate the sound with their favorite things. A simple shaking of a bag of mealworms can bring your chickens running if used consistently! Our website has a wide selection of treats, and our Meyer Hatchery blog and Youtube channel both have many ideas for homemade chicken treats.

Even with all these tips for tame, friendly chickens, please remember that each and every chicken has their own personality. Some chickens will be shy and flighty despite your best efforts. This is not a reflection of the flock owner but rather a testament to the unpredictability of nature.

We hope these tips are helpful as you work to build a tame, friendly flock! 

Enjoy the rest of your week and as always, thank you for listening to The Coop!

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Kendra + Jeff
From Meyer Hatchery

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