Taking on a chicken should be a careful decision with all the pros and cons laid out sensibly. They are sentient beings capable of feeling love and discomfort and making sure your routine can happily support a chicken until her natural death is crucial (chickens can live anywhere from 8-16 years as pets).
Chicken mostly makes a darn good meal. However, whatever our diet may be composed of, many of us know that chicken make fabulous pets too. There is no doubt that only someone with an open mind can see below the feathers and squawking that chicken affection is different from the four-footed mammal variety.
Many chickens love being having affectionate and the fundamental way you can like to chicken by petting them. However, chicken only allows you to show affection once they get used to you, and if the owner interacts with them gently and calmly.
Now, the questions arise like how to move towards chicken? How to show them affection? How to pet chickens? How to care for them? Does chicken like to be petted?
HOW CHICKENS SHOW AFFECTION?
Chickens have long been known to be very affectionate, empathetic creatures. They cherish their young from the time when they lay their eggs. Chicks, while developing in their eggs, will get both love and education from the mother hen.
When the eggs hatch, the hen will keep a close observation of the chicks to keep them safe and out of the harm’s way. The hens know when the chick or other chickens are in pain, and they exhibit anxiety when near other chickens feel uncomfortable.
The personality of the chicken starts to emerge when removed from its flock. Getting out of the pecking order permits the chicken to be an individual. As a defenseless lone animal, the chicken will look to the human for guidance and protection. The chicken will show affection by following their human around enthusiastically.
If the human feeds them by hands, it will build a bond between human and the chicken. Once the relationship develops, the chicken will allow humans to hold them gently and appropriately. Chickens are quite intelligent animals. They can handle the task given to them and can solve the problems too.
The chickens are very keen observers, and they notice everything and everyone. Observing with intent, they learn new routines within a couple of days. The memories of the chicken aren’t different from the dogs, and they can remember things and people even when several months have passed.
CHICKENS CAN RECOGNIZE THEIR OWNER’S FACES
The chickens have the quality to recognize human faces. Chickens can distinguish up to 100 humans. This recognization means that if you show you face to the chicken while feeding them, the chicken will quickly remember your face.
CHICKENS LOVE TO PLAY
As chickens can feel affection, they love to show their other social skills. One of their abilities includes love to play with one another and with their owners too.
They usually like to have shiny things and things that they can consume. Therefore, food is the primary motivator for the chicken to play. By spending proper time with the chickens, you can help them to learn new skills.
However, you have to spend time patiently, walking them through what’s expected, and you shouldn’t feel down if they can’t work it out at all. Several types of research show that if chicken left to their own devices, they will create their way to have fun with one another.
Approaching a Chicken
While approaching a chicken to pet it, you need to remain quiet and avoid any noise. Any noise produced can make the chickens afraid, and they can move away from you. Some things to do while approaching the chickens are
- Don’t be sneaky so that the chicken doesn’t hear you.
- Make sure that they know that you are coming to them.
- Help the children to remind that they should keep quiet while approaching the chicken as chicken become scary with the noise.
- Always approach chicken from the rear side. Several chickens will squat down instead of fleeing when approached from behind. This fleeing is how they react when a rooster approaches them to mate.
- This rear side approaching will help to make petting a chicken much easier.
- Always try to move slowly and calmly while approaching to chicken. Any sudden movement makes chicken scary, and the chicken will run away from you.
- It is always better to make a small amount of noise so that chicken may know that you are approaching. This small amount of noise will make the chicken less scary even when you are approaching the chicken.
- Always move your hands slowly towards the chicken. Try to pet the chickens back first, as this is a comfortable area to access when you approach them.
Luring a Chicken Towards You
It is always vital to be at the level of eye of the chicken as avoiding that level will make them scary. The chickens will be more willing to come to you if you are not towering over it. It is better to have some chicken food around you so that they come towards you., to encourage them to come closer.
The chicken will be keener to come towards you if you use more delightful treats like mealworms or table scraps. Feed chicken with your hands without being more aggressive towards them. Extend your hands as far as possible so that the chicken doesn’t have to come closer to you.
Once the chicken is within your arms-length, approach them with a smooth and non-threatening movement. Pet the back area of the chicken with a soft touch. However, make sure that the chicken can see your hands, so you don’t catch it by surprise and cause them to run off.
It always takes a few sessions to pet a skittish chicken of attracting it towards you to get it close by, and comfortable enough for petting. Always be patient and allow the chickens to decide when they want to get close to you.
Holding a Chicken While You Pet It
Always try to place your hands around both sides of the chicken’s body. It is like that your fingers are below the chicken’s belly and your hands are also holding down the wings. This handling will help you to keep a hold on the bird even it tries to getaway.
Avoid holding bird too tight. To keep the chicken in a calm and relax way, try to hold it comfortably. Holding the hen by its appendages, its legs, will only make the animal struggle to get free. It may also hurt the chicken instead of making them comfortable enough to be petted.
Once the chicken becomes calm and held securely under your arm, you can now easily pet the chicken with the other free hand on its back, neck, head, or chest. The chicken may try to peck your hand if and when it doesn’t want to be held or petted. It takes multiple attempts to have a chicken comfortable enough with being attached to accept it and enjoy the petting session.
TAKING CARE OF CHICKENS
Neglecting chicken is not an option as they are unable to take care of themselves. The chickens require a warm, safe, and enclosed space for them. They need adequate space to run, as they are highly active creatures.
They need ample space to use a large, sturdy chicken coop within the enclosed yard space. They do need a small, private area away from prying eyes in which they lay eggs. Chicken like to have a variety of foods, research the feed they should be eating.
They can rely on corn every day. High-quality grains and several fruits and vegetables are right for them, apart from the feed that is also prone to some diseases like out companion animals. Therefore, they require special care to live a healthy and comfortable life.
Chicken / Poultry Breeder Associations
|US Poultry & Egg Association||United States||USPA|
|American Poultry Association||California||APA|
|Ohio Poultry Association||Ohio||OPA|
|National Chicken Council||United States||NCC|
|British Poultry Council||United Kingdom||BPCE|
|Poultry Club of Great Britain||United Kingdom||PCGB|
|Association of Poultry Breeders in EU||Europe||AVEC|
|Australian Chicken Meat Federation Inc||Australia||ACMF|
|Australian Poultry Hub||Australia||Poultry Hub|