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post #11 of 15

Glad to hear it!  I'm not a chicken-on-my-shoulder kind of person.  If I have to do anything with them I usually wait until after dark and then pluck the one I want off the roost.  I have two disabled granddaughers - 4 year old Kendra uses a wheelchair, - so frankly I'd rather NOT have the chickens come running at full tilt every time someone goes out there.  So when I get them just relaxed around me so that I can move freely among them without them panicking and running off I'm happy.  That's all I ask of them.  But I know lots of people want that pet-cuddling relationship with their chickens so moving slow and letting them come to you seems to be the ideal.

post #12 of 15

That is so great to hear!:thumbsup

post #13 of 15
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I just had to tell you,  today I took the little chicks out to the run with the others to watch them interact.  The EEs were in my lap or on my shoulder nearly the entire time.  I kept them out around 30 minutes to get the transition started, and plan to get the wire dog pen down from the garage attic to provide them a safe place while getting used to each other.  The EEs are so timid I plan to go slow and easy with the integration.  

post #14 of 15
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I just had to tell you,  today I took the little chicks out to the run with the others to watch them interact.  The EEs were in my lap or on my shoulder nearly the entire time.  I kept them out around 30 minutes to get the transition started, and plan to get the wire dog pen down from the garage attic to provide them a safe place while getting used to each other.  The EEs are so timid I plan to go slow and easy with the integration.  

And that sounds like the best way to go, not only with them but with any chicks.  Confidence just takes a little time!  Yayy for you!!!  You've got this!

post #15 of 15

I have noticed that when my chicks are born to about a week or two old or so they are still a little scared of me. I have a bunch that are about 6-7 weeks old that are out in the run and I have to be really careful that I don't step on and crush any of them because they are just crowding around my feet. A couple of them even ride on my feet for a couple steps. Just keep loving on them. I like to spend a little time with each one put them on my chest while I am watching tv or something and just let them feel comfortable with me. 

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