Are chicks always fearful?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jan4jesus, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. jan4jesus

    jan4jesus New Egg

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    Hi, my chicks are one week old. They are very skittish. When I go to pick them up, they run and scamper to get as far away as possible. Is this normal? How can I get them used to me without scaring them so much? Is it good to handle them a lot at this age or not? Input, please!!!
     
  2. thehackleguy

    thehackleguy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, it is natural as they are prey animals. Some breeds are worse than others, if you are going to have them as pets handle them a lot, just make sure they don't get cold when they are out of the brooder [​IMG]
     
  3. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    They instinctively run away from what could be a hawk or other flying predator, so reaching toward them from above sets off this instinct. Try to approach from the side as much as possible. Lay your hand in the brooder and wait for them to get used to its presence. Speak to them quietl and let them get used to your voice. In time they will start to walk on your hand, and peck it gently to check it out. Don't grab them right away; give them time to get used to you. A little moistened feed on a finger should help. Be gentle and have patience, and they should lose their fear in time.
     
  4. jan4jesus

    jan4jesus New Egg

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    Thanks! I did try that and actually a couple of them did take some bits of grass out of my hand. I do want them to be used to me and not fearful. Really appreciate the input!
     
  5. thehackleguy

    thehackleguy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 4 young kids....by 6 weeks non of my chicks are what I would call "fearfull" and I hatch about 400/yr.
     
  6. thehackleguy

    thehackleguy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    *none*
     
  7. redneck farmer

    redneck farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ya them alright ain't u worry one bit.
    Mine r 4 maybe 5 weeks old ( I lost count)
    An some will crawl up my arm an sit on my shoulder an the other ones will run but not to far... They know I'm safe
     
  8. CarlyChick

    CarlyChick Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for posting, I was wondering the same thing about my 5-day-old babies!
     

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