Certainly getting a rough start. Chances are there are going to be choices to made down the road to make sure his quality of life is higher than the struggles.
Omg! My 4 broody hens still want to hatch babies, even with the cold and even with no eggs. They just like I will make more lol. The babies are so much tamer that I hatched, wow. It’s like they have no fear of me, and now they want to be carried around and if I put them down they start crying and try to jump back on me. Didn’t expect that. Most chicks that I order are not really fans of being picked up, so this is kinda fun but I’m tired.I've had it happen. I rescued several hatched peeps when their Momma attacked them as they hatched. One she had scalped. But with lots of work from me and the peep it made a full recovery.
Omg I wish! I don’t have names yet! the names always come to me when they get a little older. If I just pick names now I’ll forget them, but if I choose based on their personality/looks I always remember. I got a clicker thing for them to see if they can associate it with treats, and all come, but not sure if that works with chickens. The one darkest chick will jump on my hand anytime I put it in the brooder so that’s pretty awesome. My sebright just never warm up to me like my other chickens. I’ve had (barred rocks, Hamburgs, polish, backyard mixes, silkies, serama) They will now come and get food from my hand, but if I move, lift my hand, turn my head, do anything they are jumping and running away. I don’t get it. If I come in their run they’re flying and flapping trying to get through the fence. I hand raised them inside for a month or so, (got them as day old chicks in the mail) and they really are not taming at all like all my other chickens. I still love them and they’re beautiful, it’s just kinda like being around someone else’s chickens I don’t know, or chickens that never got attention. About a month ago, there was one hen that would start screeching if she saw me coming anywhere near their run. It was so bizarre! I spend a lot of time just in there with them now, kinda quietly talking to them and showing them I’m not a monster and I have treats! Haha, Anyone know anything about this? I’ve spent a lot of time with them, just sitting near them watching, holding my hand in the brooder and trying to be slow and calm and quiet, holding, and nothing worked for them I guess cause they are skittish. I’m wondering if the neighbors kids terrorize them while I’m at work or something. Only thing I can think of.You’ll be glad you did it this way- they’ll follow you around like puppies from now til the dawn of time, I promise. If you keep it up and repeat their name while you’re holding them they will learn those quickly too.
Mine come when called individually better than as a flock!
Ohhhh, no, I’m sorry, I think my long winded question with all that information was confusing! Lol my Hamburgs were the best chickens I’ve ever had. I would still have them today if it weren’t for a neighbor dog.. they would come when called and let me pick them up and they were the best chickens I could have asked for.Hamburgs and Polish are known to be flighty. If they're in with the Silkies and others, the others are feeding off the craziness of the Hamburgs.
I got really lucky with my Hamburgs. Most were calm when I was around. I even had a couple that didn't mind me picking them up but that's not usual with them.