Are Australorps' normally skittish?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by LeGardenChicken, Jan 23, 2017.

  1. LeGardenChicken

    LeGardenChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi there, I have 3 baby chicks which are 7 weeks old. Two of which are Australorps' are very scared of me although our barnavelle isn't and comes up to me but yet runs away. What is wrong? P.S. They do feed out my hand
     
  2. CoopintheWoods

    CoopintheWoods Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's hard to diagnose the issue, but my flock went through a phase at that age when they wanted nothing to do with me, then back to normal after a while.
     
  3. LeGardenChicken

    LeGardenChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Alright thanks but this has happened from day one
     
  4. Tillicans

    Tillicans Out Of The Brooder

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    I have an Australop and yes she just does not like being handled or petted. Although when she was attacked by a dog she was very humble and sweet, now back to her old self but gradually approaching me more, especially when we go digging for worms, loves her food. That may be the way to entice her. I wouldn't say skittish, just aloof.
     
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  5. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    X2 on the "aloof" description...mine (I have one full BA and three of her mixed offspring, who are very similar in temperament) are also not overly friendly. They have other redeeming qualities, IMO, like being exceptionally good foragers and great layers, and high status in the flock. They're just not "lap chickens". At all. [​IMG]
     
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  6. henny1129

    henny1129 Crazy Livestock Gal

    Every bird is different, but I do think Australorps tend to be skittish. We had two that were really skittish and wouldn't let us near them, but I will say they would just mind themselves and never bothered anyone. I wouldn't get Australorps again though, they're definitely not one of my favorite breeds.
     
  7. Tillicans

    Tillicans Out Of The Brooder

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    I think it depends on the environment, she gives me a huge egg everyday, she is robust, good forager keeps herself well dusted no complaints just standoffish, would not hurt a fly as long as she is No 1 on the pecking order, mind you I only have 2, but I had 4 (they have passed) I haven't introduced more as it would cause her stress, she's my favourite. the queen, nothing wrong with that.
     
  8. henny1129

    henny1129 Crazy Livestock Gal

    It definitely does! Our Australorps gave us wonderful eggs and were fairly good foragers too. But, friendly factor wise, not the best. I prefer Orpingtons much more, but it's certainly a matter of opinion. :) I don't keep my chickens as pets, more as livestock (treated very well of course) so friendliness shouldn't really matter to me, but I'd do enjoy being able to pet and hold the chickens.
     
  9. LeGardenChicken

    LeGardenChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks all! When I sit in there pen, one of the chicks sit on my should and then the rest come
     
  10. MiddleWoods

    MiddleWoods Just Hatched

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    We've had 4 australorps. I wouldn't describe any as skittish.

    1 - Hand raised - was not very friendly but then she changed and was a really lovely friendly chicken. Unfortunately a python got her at 4yo and the whole family cried.
    2 & 3 - Hand raised - only 1 yo at the moment, semi-friendly. Will jump on my lap if I have food but won't hang around long if nothing is forthcoming :)
    4 - Rescued from my brother only had her a month - Neither friendly or unfriendly.

    They are hardy birds though and good layers - there will always be a standard place for some in our home flock.
     
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