Im­print­ing of chicks

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QIs im­print­ing in­stan­ta­neous? A

Andy Cawthray said: No, im­print­ing doesn’t oc­cur in­stantly (thank­fully oth­er­wise I would have a lot of chick­ens fol­low­ing me around ev­ery­where I go). It oc­curs over a pe­riod of sev­eral hours af­ter hatch­ing. Also, as chicks de­velop a pref­er­ence for one type of ob­ject or an­i­mal, they be­come less able to im­print on any other form of stim­uli. This does of course only oc­cur if there is a suit­able form of stim­u­lus avail­able oth­er­wise the chick will hold out. In a nut­shell the time taken to im­print varies ac­cord­ing to the na­ture of their ex­pe­ri­ences and in­ter­ac­tions with the ob­jects or an­i­mals around them.

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