Are RIRs a little skiddish?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by supdude, Jul 8, 2008.

  1. supdude

    supdude In the Brooder

    Jun 13, 2008
    New Orleans, LA
    i have a little RIR chick, im really not sure how hold she is but maybe 5-7 weeks. anyway, whenever i try to touch her or pet her she freaks out and moves away. but she still eats food and treats from my hand and follows my around, so is there anyway i can get her to let me handle her more?
  2. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    Just give her time - she's still young.

    I've only got one RIR hen but she's a nice girl, not as sweet as a couple others but I can pick her up and pet her at any time (so can my kids).
  3. ChickyPooh

    ChickyPooh Songster

    Jun 3, 2008
    South GA
    mine are anything but. I got them at auction and they love to climb on me and fall asleep.
  4. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Songster

    May 3, 2008
    My two are not skiddish. They are actually two of the more friendly of the bunch.
  5. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing

    Mar 25, 2008
    My 5 seem do not like to be messed with much. They love to follow me around and eat treats that I give them, but when it comes to me picking them up, that's a whole different story! They don't like to be held much. [​IMG]
  6. 2manyhats

    2manyhats Songster

    May 18, 2008
    Central NY
    My batch of RIR's are not overly friendly. They will come up and check me out at times, but do not like to be touched. I got 24 at once so they have not been handled much. I know that's most of the reason. I am finding that bribing mine is going a long way.
  7. supdude

    supdude In the Brooder

    Jun 13, 2008
    New Orleans, LA
    haha i pretty much got a split response, but ill keep trying and giving her treats, i hope she'll warm up and let me pet her, i don't want her to be scared everytime i reach 4 her
  8. turtle1173

    turtle1173 Songster

    Apr 26, 2008
    SE Missouri
    All 10 of mine are the same way. I only have one RIR. They all come running to me but stay at arm's length. They will all eat out of my hand (except for the Silkie) but if I lift my hand and start to pet them... they jump & run a couple feet away.

    I know I should of handled them more when they were small. My son gets real frustrated because he really wants to pet and maybe hold one. I wish there was a way to get them more tame.

    The only two I can "partially" pet is the buff orp and New Hampshire red. Usually that's short lived as they are backing away.


  9. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

    Apr 22, 2008
    When I had two RIRs they were pretty standoffish. One of them was killed by a predator and the one left has warmed up to me considerably. So there is your answer... have a predator get one and the others will be scared straight!
  10. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    It's normal.

    In fact, that will continue to some degree from now on. It used to bug me, too. I was wondering if I was doing something wrong or if they didnt lilke me for some reason.

    Then it dawned on me that they don't really like me - or anybody or anything else. Nothing personal, mind you, it just seems to be part of the fact that they are primarily prey animals. It is a safety net for them to stay away from what could be a threat.

    It's just chickens.
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2008

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