Originally Posted by enrgizerbunny
They would NOT let go of my hand I had to physically place their feet, but they keeled down quickly after that and didn't seem like they were going anywhere. Maybe they will have a chance at sleeping on the roost now...
My hand and mag lite had to be sanitized and I have either strengthened or destroyed what little trust my birds have in me, not sure which.
If they settled down quickly after getting their feet on the roost, they probably weren't too bothered.
One of ours has had a slightly poopy bottom, and we've been combing out her butt feathers every week or two weeks to keep it down to a level where it can be dustbathed and groomed away. She was quite stressed out by being held and restrained, but when she was put down she ran off the run and into the coop like nothing had happened. It seems that as long as you're calm during and after a stressor, the chickens can brush off the experience pretty quickly.