Do My Chicks Hate Me?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ChickenFanatic447, Jul 30, 2011.

  1. ChickenFanatic447

    ChickenFanatic447 Chirping

    Jul 30, 2011
    My chicks will do anything to get away from me when I try holding them. I've already tried breathing gently on them and cupping them with their head sticking out, feeding them treats, and letting them eat out of my hand, but none of them seem to like me at all. My Cuckoo Maran, Australorp, and Plymouth Barred Rock are the ones that seem to be the most freaked out by me. I can't get any of them to come near me or eat from my hand and my neighbors have complained because my Cuckoo Maran keeps chirping really loudly whenever I try holding her, I'm never rough with them and I try my best. Their heartbeats just get so fast and they always try to run away when I come by, they even huddle in the corner of the brooder when they hear me sometimes. [​IMG] Any help?

    Note: My Golden Laced Wynadotte, Ameraucana, and Welsummer are progressing a bit, they now trust me and let me hold them sometimes. They know I'm not out to hurt them thankfully.

  2. codymax2

    codymax2 Songster

    Jul 7, 2010
    Liverpool, NY
    mealworms and you'll be their best friend for life [​IMG]
  3. MEchickenfarmer33

    MEchickenfarmer33 Chirping

    Jul 29, 2011
    yes try some chick friendly treats to get them used to you. but my chicks were just like that they ran away from me but now they run to me and they love to cuddle with me. so give them time and then they'll realize that your the one giving them food and water and they will enjoy your company [​IMG]
  4. ChickenFanatic447

    ChickenFanatic447 Chirping

    Jul 30, 2011
    What kind of treats are best?

    I am out of grit right now and can't get some until Monday, so are there any treats that you guys know of for 1 week old chicks and 4 day old chicks that don't require grit? I've tried scrambled eggs, hard boiled eggs, etc. but they don't like that. [​IMG] Are crickets okay? I have a bunch of tree frogs so crickets are in abundance.
  5. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Songster

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    It's the "teenager" phase. Chickens are food-minded and many desired behaviors can be produced with food bribes. Watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, clover, etc. Try sitting with them, on their level, and place bits of treat farther at first, then closer and closer to you and before you know it, you'll feel that little peck on your fingers.
  6. NateinFL

    NateinFL Songster

    Sep 7, 2009
    Wesley Chapel FL
    Quote:Really? Do you live in an apartment? I hope you're zoned for chickens as that neighbor sounds like trouble already. I always use bread, its not nutritious but they love it.
  7. ChickenFanatic447

    ChickenFanatic447 Chirping

    Jul 30, 2011
    She raises chickens as well and came over, claiming that my Cuckoo Maran was being mistreated and all that jazz. She is rather old and all, but I didn't appreciate that at all. I hope she realizes that I'm just starting out and trying to get them to be as happy as possible.

  8. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Crowing

    Mine never enjoyed being handled or held either. And at 2 years old now the only two who really don't mind are my two RIR's. They are all tame and will eat from my hand but really prefer NOT to be held!
  9. Rachy

    Rachy Songster

    Jun 5, 2011
    Quote:She raises chickens?! I would've thought she'd know better then, or at least have the experience with how loud chicks can cheep!
  10. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    Some chickens can be bribed into behaviors that their owners find as affection. It is the chicken's instinct and nature to be wary, as they are nearer the bottom of the food chain than the top. Their instincts tell them to be afraid, wary and jumpy. They calm down considerably as they get used to you. Some become extremely "friendly" or comfortable around you. Many never will and that's ok too. We just let chickens be chickens. If we wanted lap dogs, we could get those.

    Just trying to say, stay calm and enjoy them as chickens. It'll be fine.

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