Chicks underfoot!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Stephine, Jul 28, 2016.

  1. Stephine

    Stephine Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 30, 2016
    My chicks are a bit too happy to see me. They went out into their coop a couple of weeks ago (they are13 weeks old) and now when they hear me coming they all stand at the door hoping for treats. I can not open the door without them running around me (and one always makes it out and then can't figure out how to get back in, so I end up chasing one chicken around each time). Once in, I can't walk because they are on my feet, literally, and all around me, as in surrounding me completely, standing no more than an inch away. I have started to out a treat down in the run after opening the door to get them to run over there - but that's when Whoever escaped this time is frantically running up and down the fence to get to the treat as they can't find their way back through the door again. So then I have to catch that chick and carry it back through the door. By the time that is done at least three or four of them are ready to turn their full attention to me again. Twice in two days I have kicked one of them accidentally because they are running between my legs, even though I am walking so slowly and carefully.
    Trouble is I have to go into the run to give them fresh water and cold treats a few times a day now that it is so hot. What can I do?
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2016
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Maybe try throwing some scratch away from the doorway just as you enter the coop :idunno
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Do they have feed full time...or is feeder empty by the time to come out to feed?
    Do you give treats or feed every time you go into coop?

    Fill feeder each day with just a little more than they eat in 24 hours,
    so they aren't 'starving' when you go out to top off feeder.

    Go out to coop regularly without dispensing any treats....keep 'em guessing ;-).

    I'd maybe walk a little less carefully, swing your feet wide until they learn to stay away from them.
    Giving them a gentle 'boot' won't hurt them, but will teach them to be wary.
    Mine know if I move my foot towards them they better get out of the way.
  4. Stephine

    Stephine Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 30, 2016
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2016

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