When most people hear “animal training” what comes to mind? Most people would think about dogs, cats, and other household pets. But did you know that barnyard chickens can be trained as well? Well this video shows just how effective it can be.
One, two, three…several hundred chickens
Don’t think that this video is about teaching one chicken how to do tricks. This farmer from Tongren, China is demonstrating how they managed to train hundreds of chickens to come on command. Just imagine more chickens than you can count swooping in to obey their owner’s call.
The most important trick to teach is…
But what has the farmer trained his chickens to do? It’s not the hundred chickens large dance routine you might be thinking. Instead, the farmer trained their chickens to come to dinner time when they hear the toot of a whistle.
See for yourself what happens and how it works
You can see how this works in the video. As the whistle blows every few moments, the field is abuzz with activity. Hundreds of chickens swarm their way over hills and down the road to reach the farmer’s side. Once they arrive, the farmer throws down massive piles of chicken feed so the chickens can have their fill.
But don’t think the feeding is what makes this an amazing video. Just check out when the massive swarms of chickens whirl around the corner to race to their dinner. It’s a tide of feathers like you’d never believe if you didn’t see it in this video first.
But why is this trick so important?
Most viewers can guess why this trick is so important. The farmer could have trained the chickens to come by name, but that would take hours and require more work then they could ever want. But a loud shrill whistle is not only noticeable, but it’s easy to remember. It’s a pet training trick at it’s finest.
Want to try it out at home? Here’s how…
BUt maybe you don’t have a large chicken coop and just raise a few for a DIY kitchen set up.
If that’s the case then here are some handy tips that will help you train your chickens to come when called.
- Figure out what food your chickens love and make sure they only get it during training sessions. Some trainers suggest tiny pieces of hot dogs, but your chickens might like different food.
- During training, hold the food in your hand or in small cups that can be easily reached and delivered
- Place food next to the chicken and offer a few treats. But make sure they are hungry. You can tell if they immediately snatch up food you give them.
- After a few sessions, start adding in a sound (the chickens name or a whistle) right before you feed them. This will teach the chicken to associate the sound with dinner time.
- Most chickens are smart and will pick up on the trick after only a day or two of work!
You can imagine how much hard work goes into training barnyard animals. But this video shows that it can be done. Even if you don’t want to train chickens on your own, isn’t it neat to see how it works? Check out the video below to see it for yourself.
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