Chicks depend on their mother for protection and become frightened when separated. Chick defense instincts don’t kick in until they become older. And this is why when chicks are for sale at stores, they need to be comforted. When driving home hold your chicks in your hand, set them on your lap, and gently speak to them. If you are driving set the box on a seat and stretch the seatbelt around the box, securing it. Once you get home lay bedding down in your cage. Set the chicks in it before providing food and water. All chickens become very stressed if in small areas, even coops if there off the ground! You can also remove the feed, and find some healthy leftovers from the kitchen. Bread crusts are a favorite! Patiently wait for a chick to peck it from your hand! If a chick moves closer to your hand, don’t move your hand. Chickens can become very socialized from being held. Speak to them gently. Let them know your there, and they will remember your voice. If you practice doing this while their young, when their older and playing around the yard; When you call ‘CHICKYs’ they’ll come running!!! If you want to hold your chickens when their range-free call them to you. Let their curiosity lead them to you. Kneel down and wait for one to come. When their close enough quickly grab them! This is better than chasing them and developing a fear of you. Remember not all chickens are alike. Some will be easy, others will stubborn! All require patience when training! Enjoy your chickens!!!
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