My three weekers are rowdy little buggers. We got them a few days ago along with the rest of our first flock. They were sold at an Amish animal auction at about a week old and then we bought them a few days ago through a friend of the person who bought them at auction. I am assuming that these chicks were hatched and spent their first week of life being raised by a hen, not a person. I say this because I can't imagine many Amish farmers using an incubator and a brooder when they could just have the mother hen do it for free without any work on their part. Plus, they don't seem to like people. They squawk and carry on when I or the kids hold them. They don't ever seem to calm down (the 1 weekers from TSC protest for a second or two when picked up but then calm in your hands. Even our unknown origin 7-ish weeker calms after a moment of being held.)
SO MY QUESTION IS THIS: Should we leave them alone and accept the fact that they don't like people? Should we hold them a lot so that they get used to it?
I think that at least one is a rooster and I would assume that a Roo might be more brazen then the hens, but I don't really want a lifetime of a hen that I can't catch because it hates contact etc. I want to do what will be best in the long run for the chicken, the flock and for us.
Thanks in advance for any comments and advice.