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Calming new chickens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chicksak, Sep 4, 2013.

  1. chicksak

    chicksak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    on saturday we got a 3month old red star, black star and black australop, although both black ones look the same.They weren't handled much from what I can tell. The are super skittish and flighty. Every time me or any of our orphingtons go anywhere close to them they squawk and run/fly away in a panick. I have been leaving them in the coop/run area as I'm scared to let them out and free range in fear they will go hide and not come back.
    At night when I pry them from there roost spot above the door I manage to hold them for a couple minutes before they start screeching and disturbing all the other girls. Not sure what else I can do besides try and hold them a little to settle them down.
    Any thought?
     
  2. Sandstorm495

    Sandstorm495 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They need to know that they can trust you. If you hold them a little each day ,and calm them by stroking their feathers, they will soon realize there is nothing to fear from you. However, it's obviously easier to tame chicks then 3 month old hens. Try hand feeding them as well. When you go in to the run to give them their food, extend your hand out to them, with a bit of grass on it or other food. With a bit of patience, you'll get through to them. [​IMG]
     
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  3. chicksak

    chicksak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you, I will keep it up. They are getting braver around the other hens so hopefully I will be next.
     

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