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I wanted to let you know that I started saying "Here chick chick chick" when I brought them grass (they pecked the stuff in their run down) and soon they would all run to me trying to be the first to get to me. For some reason the Roos, Seamus and Sebastian, are still a little cautious and hide under the coop clucking at the ladies while they gratefully accept grass from my hand. They've also jumped into the bucket I bring the grass in! How can I get the boys more comfortable around me?
I think in the long run you are better off with your young roosters respectively keeping their distance. Friendly roosters often end up attacking their keepers. My roosters get a bit more friendly as they reach maturity at about 2 years, before that it's best they don't get mixed signals and become too confident and forward with me.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, bunnies, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

Why can't my days always be Sunnyside up?

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #22 of 23

I don't have a roo, but I also got my new chicks at about 2 days old. There were all friendly and would climb all over me and one of my dogs. I kept them in the house and they loved to get out of the brooder so were all very friendly. The day I moved them out to their coop, they wanted nothing to do with me. That was about 2 weeks ago now and they are about 7 weeks and 8 weeks old now. Over the last few days, they have been running to the edge of the pen when I go out after work or in the mornings. Today, I took an apple with me and broke off pieces for them. They love apple and I ended up with most of them coming over to me and even jumping up beside me on the bench. IMO, it just is an adjustment to their new surroundings and they have their periods of stress when they want nothing to do with me and now they are more comfortable. Besides, they know who feeds them and has the treats. Mine also love to get meal worms and I am working to train the new girls to come when I shake the can. The older ones already know that is the call to come home and come running when they here the worms.

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We know people who have a couple roosters, A buff orpington and barred rock and they love to be held. They are a year old and have never attacked at all.
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