Why does everyone try to make their chicks "friendly"?
I see lots of posts here about it, but I also see lots of disappointment when the birds start to ignore you or just not want to be handled. I do handle my chicks regularly, bring them treats, give them names. I even have a couple chicks every year that are happy to perch on my finger or sit in my lap. But once they get a little older, they grow out of it.
I handle them so that, once they are moved outside, they aren't afraid of me. They know that I bring food and am not a predator. I am a familiar face to them, so they don't panic when I open the coop. Being cute and cuddly isn't really in their nature. Some individuals, yes, but not as a group.
I just hate seeing all the disappointment here. :( Lots of posts of "why don't my chickens like me" - they like you just fine, but they aren't dogs. Chickens are prey animals. They evolved those "run away from the big shadow" instincts for a reason. They frighten easily. They don't cuddle and they don't "make friends" with people. They can be trained to be friendly because they are expecting treats. Mine come running every time they see me, just in case I've got something yummy. If I move to pick them up, some will squat and others will run in terror. It's just the nature of chickens. Growing up we had one rooster that would let you carry him around like a baby, but he was a rare exception.
Sorry, don't want to offend anyone. Just needed to get this off my chest this morning.