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Chicks Can Do Tricks! (Chicken Intelligence)
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Motherhen-Baby chicks learn very quickly. If you separate them from the other chicks during training they have the ability to do many different types of tricks and will do them for nothing more than compliments and praise! It takes less than five minutes to teach a baby chick each of these simple tricks.
Place chick on forefinger and push your forefinger from the other hand up to the chicks breast gently, while telling the baby, "Climb the ladder, smart baby climb the ladder" using a happy tone of voice. After a few tries you baby chick will happily climb the ladder and then look up at you waiting for his or her moment of praise. The chick will happily climb from one of your fore fingers to the next until you stop or the chick get tired. Make sure you do not have the chick more than 8 inches from the ground when attempting this with very young chicks. A fall can cause internal injuries.
How to teach your baby chick to "Play dead"
Gently cover the baby chicks face while calling out, sadly, "Poor baby, play dead". Gently grasp the back of the chick and hold down the wings as you turn the chick over on it's back, cover the chicks eyes and gently lean the head and back in the palm of your hand. If the chick tries to get up just cup your free hand over the eyes and say, "No, No, play dead.."then slowly remove your palm from their eyes. The chick will learn to stay. Then when a few seconds is over, lift the baby up and say, "Smart baby you're not dead!" and "Pretty baby" and the chick will get up and get excited, looking to you for more praise and more tricks!!
Chickens have natural instincts as well as, the ability to learn. They love attention and praise. Some people use snacks or "clicker's" to get their chickens to do tricks. I have found that snacks can be very distracting. My chickens will do their tricks for praise and compliments and a snack after the show is finished. I have taught my baby chicks to "Climb the Ladder", "Give mama a kiss", "Peek a Boo!" and "Play dead" in less than five minutes. They can even choose different colored papers when I tell them the color I want.
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