BACKSTORY - I got a call from a friend yesterday asking if I could take their chickens. Apparently, something has been getting into their coop repeatedly and slowly killing off their chickens. They started the winter with 33 chickens and they were down to 6 when they called. After I thought about it and asked if they had had any health problems, (I trusted them to tell me the truth) I decided to pick them up this afternoon. (By then they were down to 4.) All in all, they look healthy - shiny, full plumage, healthy combs/wattles, clear eyes/nose, clean feet, good weight. (2 EEs and 2 gold stars.) So I'm not worried about any health issues. (They are still in quarantine.)
PROBLEM - These 4 are scared of EVERYTHING. I imagine having a predator attacking me every night would traumatize me too. :( They all run away and freak out when I try to catch them, (which I did only to load and unload them), but they freeze once you catch them. One EE in particular is very bad. Whenever you touch her she just screams, like nothing I've ever heard before. :( They are currently in a small pen in the barn. They really do not like the cats, that's for sure! The cats wouldn't harm a feather on their body, but they don't know that.
So, long story short, is there anything in particular I should be doing to help these poor girls through this? Do you think they'll be able to get over it, given time?
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