Can you make a chick friendly?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by TLeo13, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. TLeo13

    TLeo13 Out Of The Brooder

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    I would love to make some of my chicks really friendly but when ever i hold them they peep and try to get away. Does this mean they dont like me?
     
  2. Reg

    Reg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Try cutting your nails [​IMG]
     
  3. ginormous chicken

    ginormous chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, chicks are just scared of everything. They get better when they become 10 weeks or so. You are just really big to them!
     
  4. SmittenChicken

    SmittenChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In my (limited) experience, not really. [​IMG] But if you start young you'll end up with friendlier chickens! My chicks always hated being held - someone told me once that when they're growing their pinfeathers it hurts them. They do love treats though, so you might befriend them that way.

    Just so you're prepared, even my calmer chicks were acting like skittish little beasts by about 10-12 weeks, but then they all got a lot friendlier around laying age (see also: egg squat). I do have one EE who was particularly awful about being held as a chick, and now she jumps the fence and comes running to meet me when I pull in the driveway. Go figure.
     

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