HELP!!!! Issues Bonding with my Baby Chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Horsegirl412, Feb 19, 2015.

  1. Horsegirl412

    Horsegirl412 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello! I just received my first batch of chicks. Three of them are currently two weeks old and the other three are one week old. Their breeds are: Buff Orpington, Australorp, Easter Egger, Rhode Island Red, White Leghorn, and Barred Rock. My issue is when I stick my hand in their brooder to pick them up, the older ones and one younger one run away!!!!!! I make sure to give verbal warning. For about five minutes each, I take them in another room separate from the flock and try and bond with them. But they are still skittish around me! Any help is appreciated!!! Thanks!!
     
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Baby chicks have a natural response in them to run from things that are moving toward them from above. Their instinct tells them to run and hide because it may be a hawk or other predator so this is very natural behavior.

    When you say verbal warning, are you speaking in your normal voice or in a soft, soothing tone? Chicks feel safer when they hear a soft voice like a hen would be.

    As for taming them while they are outside, here is an article I wrote on taming them
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-tame-chickens-from-the-start

    Hope this helps!
     
  3. blondiebee181

    blondiebee181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    X2 what Mountain Peeps is saying...chicks are naturally afraid of above predators. Talking soothingly is a good idea, and moving your hand very slowly. Without even picking them up, allow your hand to linger at their level, showing them it's okay. Having a treat available like some lettuce pieces or some banana is always good too. I wouldn't take the chicks too far from the others as far as holding them and playing with them, they like being within earshot of each other
     

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