Thursday, 14 March 2013

The 10 secrets of chicken whispering – Secret 3

Talking back!

Don’t get deterred when things don’t work out quite right the first time. Chickens learn quickly but those that are timid or fearful take a little longer. Be patient and you will eventually win over your birds. If what you are doing isn’t achieving the results that you are looking for, then perhaps you’re just not communicating the right messages. 
Find a comfortable spot, take a pad and pen with you if it helps, and just observe your chickens.  Watch how they call each other, or drive each other away, and try to relate to them on their terms. Be prepared to mimic their body language and vocal sounds to communicate more effectively with them if necessary.
You talkin' to me?
You’ll probably feel a little ridiculous to begin with but remember, you won’t have to do a chicken impersonation forever! Once your birds understand what you want from them by using their language, you can scale your noises and movements down until a subtle action or command achieves the same affect.
Happy Whispering

6 comments:

  1. I love the captions - you'd swear that Frizzy hen was announcing the news!

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    1. I like the two below - it looks like the bossy one on the left is giving the other poor hen a good telling off!

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    2. I agree - that poor hen looks thoroughly scolded and contrite!

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  2. I shall NEVER complain about bad hair days again! :-)

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    1. Thats not a bad hair day....Parsley is sporting a much admired chicken hair style. I think the two birds below are saying " I wish my hair would go like that!"

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  3. I think you should do a caption competition Sue. You've got loads of great pictures. Naughty Nelly would be a great subject too!

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