You might have found the most ideal name for your chicken using the Betsy pet chicken naming guide or you might have come up with your own egg-cellent name for your darling hen. Either way, wouldn't it be great if she knew what her name was?
Don't forget, her name should be something that you are happy for your neighbours to hear you shouting at night when she won't come to the coop on a wet winter evening.
You may be surprised to learn that chickens can be taught to recognise their own names. Chickens do have ears, they're just not external ones. (That would look really odd.)
Sounds are very important to them, they can make over 30 different distinct noises to communicate with each other. So, once they know a certain noise you're making has significance, they will learn it.
Very simple, like with most pets, food is the fastest way to reward them for a certain behaviour.
Choose a treat that they love. It could be spaghetti, bugs, corn or whatever works for you.
Move toward your chosen chicken while repeating her name and try to feed her with the treat on your hand. Failing that, put it on the floor and take a step back, repeating her name all the while.
Do not give the treat to any other chicken that comes over or you risk accidentally training it to someone else's name!
If other chickens do come over, turn and move away before returning to the chicken you are training.
Repeat this process with the other chickens.
Don't give up! This type of behavioural conditioning needs lots of repetition. You must try to train them everyday or they'll forget.
We did an informal naming survey of the chicken owners on facebook and received A LOT of inspiration. We sliced, diced and categorised the names by fun categories that will make you smile. Head here to download the guide.
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David20th August, 2021