I am brand new to chickens, just getting my six 6-week old pullets on Sunday. My question is: When will they calm down a bit? When I go into the coop they all bunch together in the corner peeping like mad and seeming so SCARED of me. I approach the door slowly, talk softly when I am walking up and I enter s-l-o-w-l-y and move slow. I don't want to freak them out, but I still want to check on them and see if they are ok, add feed and get them fresh water...
I opened the door for them yesterday so they could go out into their enclosed pen, I even enticed them with some grass to get them to come out. They did not venture beyond the threshold.
Am I doing something wrong?? Or do they just need time to adjust to me and their new surroundings? I would appreciate anyones input very much!