Every video of chicken owners I see, their chickens completely ignore them. My 8 flock as close to me as possible to where if they're loose, I'll have a hard time not stepping on them. They're about 17 weeks. Am I not feeding them enough? Feeding them too often? Not letting them forage enough? Or is it because I'm only in the yard twice each day? I feel dumb asking this, but I am anyway.
I take it you have fed them since they were chicks? That is a usual response for chickens, especially if you're pretty calm around them or talk nicely to them. When the Bride or I feed ours, or anytime we go in the standup tractor I made, they come huddling around, especially when I bring in windfall fruit and split it open for them. They, in turn, bless us with a rather exuberant amount of eggs.
In general, I think all is well there. They'll eventually not hover so much.
Thanks for the reassurance. Yep, raised and people fed from chicks. I've been putting them in the garden more and more, but we still generate kitchen scraps that I toss in there. I'm glad they'll grow out of it, though. I'm afraid of stepping on one or having my pants pecked to shreds. I don't have cool rubber boots yet, so this is a real risk.
Location: Currently in Lake Stevens, WA. Home in Spokane
posted 4 years ago
You don't want it to get out of hand though.
Do not feed them near the house, or every time you come out.
A friend did this, and now they practically live (and poop) on the front porch.
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