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flighty chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Sam40, Nov 13, 2010.

  1. Sam40

    Sam40 In the Brooder

    Aug 5, 2010
    I incubated and hatched 5 silver laced wyandotte's they are now just over 3 weeks old. They are so flighty and nervous, they hide and panic when i go near the brooder or change water and add food. Any advise please, will they settle soon???

  2. DawnM

    DawnM In the Brooder

    Aug 21, 2010
    Tacoma, Wa
    Every chick I have ever had has been like that. They usually settle down a lot after they start laying. Before that they scream bloody murder and run in a panic every time they see you coming.
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  3. jomoncon

    jomoncon Songster

    Sep 24, 2010
    New Orleans, LA
    Even at 2 weeks, mine loved to see me coming - since I was the one who brought treats. When young, the treats ere earthworms, dandelions or chopped leftover chicken. They still come running when they see me. I can't handle them very well yet, but now at 4 weeks, I can sort of pet them.
  4. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    I've had two batches of Wyandottes, and no matter how much handling they had as chicks, they all grew up to be stand-offish. I think it's just the way this breed is.

    That said, I discovered this summer that I could increase the tameness of baby chicks by having the brooder up on a table so that I could approach the chicks from the side rather than dive down on them from above. All chicks instinctively fear anything coming down upon them from over-head.

    If you can't modify your brooder in this way, then try to scoop your hand in down the side and then under them. But it helps a lot for them to see that a human is attached to the big hand. It really does make all the difference in how flighty or tame your chicks will be.

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