Harness and leash.Small
cat/ferret harnesses work fine (a regular H style, not a figure 8).A
harness fits a chicken like it does a dog, with the wings going through
the openings for the front legs.The
leash and ID tags attach to the back of it on a D ring. I use a very
thin leash, or my Sheltie's show lead (basically thick embroidery floss
like to have ID on my animals if they are traveling, and that goes for
the chickens too!This
harness fits any of my bantams - both Silkies and my Cochins and
crosses; so whoever is going gets to wear it.
in Her Harness
harness train chickens the same way I teach puppies.I
let them wear the harness without a leash for short periods, like
during feeding time or treat time.I
next let them wear it with the leash dragging somewhere they won't get
snagged and freak out.Next
they walk with me as I hold a treat and the leash (always slack).
when they know to come with me while wearing the harness, I put a
little pressure on the leash if they try to go the wrong direction.I
release the pressure when they realize it is better to just stand.That’s
when they get to go where they want.They
eventually learn how long the leash is and that the ground with
earthworms is much more interesting than picking at the damn leash.
understands the leash, will occasionally get mad at it, but understands
that she is to come with me.This
is very handy for trips.I
am the one walking the chicken and the sheltie side by side at rest
stops along the highway.
trick really is teaching them to walk with you and teaching them that
you will follow them with a slack leash if they are calmly
investigating their environment.
and the Golem Kennels Crew (guess we just do things a