Chickens so jumpy

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chicken Egg 17, Jan 27, 2016.

  1. Chicken Egg 17

    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a flock of chickens and looking for some new hens to add to the flock but I was wondering why my chickens are so jumpy and won't even let you near them and when you do catch one they act like your killing them how can I calm them down and let me near them and be able to pick them up. Thanks
     
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Overrun With Chickens

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    There may be a few factors in play.. Number 1.. The breed.. Number 2,, The way they were raised and not handled as they were growing.Give us an Idea of the chicken breeds that you have and someone here may have some answers.. If you can,,, post some pix.. You know a picture is worth a 1000 words.. WISHING YOU BEST [​IMG]
     
  3. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe they need a downer like darvon or possibly percocet?

    Maybe they saw a coyote or something?

    If you have any pain pills, and don't wish to use them, please send them to me.[​IMG]

    My birds weren't hand raised, and will hardly even let me touch them.
     
  4. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Overrun With Chickens

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    Is it because they see you soo often near those large WEBER GRILLS [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  5. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is a possibility, but I'm afraid they're more scared of the stress from the stress of a pressure cooker.
     
  6. Chicken Egg 17

    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would not do that to them though but that's funny [​IMG]
     
  7. Chicken Egg 17

    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No they are like that all the time the closest I can get to them is about a foot away and then they start to back away from me but could it be that I have a rooster and he is just protecting them
     
  8. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Unless handled daily from hatch, most chickens don't want or like to be handled and it's normal for them to stay away from you. Some get a little less weary with age, and the smarter ones learn you bring food and will come running. Most of my birds under two years will run hysterically away from me, I prefer it to being jumped on or pecked, or being followed everywhere, I have dogs for that.
     
  9. Chicken Egg 17

    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well my Rhode Island Red was not handled for a chick I only had her since she was 4 months old and she loves me honestly if my whole flock of chickens got killed I would probably make her a house chicken and just keep her in my room because one of my sisters dog would probably kill her
     
  10. Spartan22

    Spartan22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got 7 Rhode Island reds and they all love to be either pet or picked up so does 2 Barred Rocks, 2 Wyandottes & 2 Black copper Marans. Now my Blue Marans, 1 Barred Rock, and 2 other Silver Wyandottes and 1 leghorns doesn't want to do anything with me except greet me @thedoor for treats then take off. They were all handled since babies but they all have their own personalities. And by the way I used Percocet on all of them[​IMG].
     
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