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Is it bad that my week old chicks are running away from me?

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We just got an order of chicks from Meyers Hatchery on Monday, and recently, within the last day, they have been running away from me when I go to try to pick them up. Our brooder is pretty big, so when they run to the opposite side, it is really annoying because I can't pick them up! I guess thats my fault, but I had no idea that they would do that. I vaguely remember our chicks runing away from us last year when they were in the brooder, but I am not sure. Here is a picture of the brooder. Are there any rules when rasing chicks in a brooder—should I not hold them for a couple days to let them get used to the area? Did anyone else have this problem? 

The brooder is on the floor btw

In my house there are: 4 barred rocks, 4 welsummer bantams, 3 buff orpingtons, 6 rabbits (mini lops), 1 standard poodle, 1 leopard gecko. 
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In my house there are: 4 barred rocks, 4 welsummer bantams, 3 buff orpingtons, 6 rabbits (mini lops), 1 standard poodle, 1 leopard gecko. 
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It's not necessarily bad it's that they're not used to you.  When you pick one up, spend a good 30+ minutes with them and rotate through all the chicks.  Be patient.  Since you weren't there when they hatched, they didn't imprint on you.  But soon when they realize you are the bringer of food and water, and they will sure to be running towards you instead!  Good luck!

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Mine always run and act like I'm king Kong, I don't usually bother to tame mine down as chicks, I do pick them up and move them outside daily, of course I'm talking summer, they will remain terrified of me until they become adults than usually they figure out I'm not so bad and they come see what I have or am up to, I've had too take chickens and I found them to be a bit of a nuisance. Handle them and eventually they will not be so scared.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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