How much does behavior change from baby chicks to adults?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ccmarie, Dec 1, 2012.

  1. ccmarie

    ccmarie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 31, 2008
    Yuma, Arizona
    Just wondering if anyone has noticed this. I've got a two day old baby Delaware that is much noisier than the other chicks. Is she likely to grow out of it or is she going to be particularly noisy as an adult too?

    Of my other chicks, I noticed that my black star seemed to be the first to get over her fear and start exploring when they were a couple weeks old, but a couple of weeks later a Cinnamon Queen has taken over as the first one to go exploring in a new place.
  2. RonC

    RonC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2012
    Each has their own personality and they seem to change in stages with age. Some are noisier than others,some friendlier. Mine went through a stage at about 4 months when they were all terrors. Once they started laying they all changed again.
  3. I<3MyChickens-Jewel&Flash

    I<3MyChickens-Jewel&Flash Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 29, 2008
    It alll depends on the chicken. The breed can also let you in on their behavior and how much you intereact with them.

    For instance my 2 black australorps roo and hen i raised from babies and til this day they are friendly and come up and eat and follow me around.

    I am new to silkies and my one was following me everywhere the first few weeks but then stopped. He has a skitish point but no longer.

    if all just depends on them :)
  4. chickychicka

    chickychicka Out Of The Brooder

    May 16, 2012
    Italy, Europe
    Personally, I have noticed GREAT changes from the chicks to adult chickens' characters! Our little female chick was very noisy when days old and is now so quiet; she also was always very shy and now comes right up as soon as I walk out the door. Our roo days (and weeks) old chick used to be very friendly and tame and is now the opposite - maybe the hormones.
    I guess some may stay the same, some may change a bit, and others again turn into the opposite of the character they display as baby chicks?
    It's fun to see them grow up either way!
  5. BlazeJester

    BlazeJester Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2011
    Midway, GA
    They have a "teenager" phase between 3-4 months where pretty much all of them get a little standoffish and crazy, and then they develop "adult personalities" around 5-6 months. Handling them can help make them friendlier, but some just will not get to that point.

    I have one hen that was ALWAYS climbing around on me as a chick. She has always been the most affectionate of all my chickens. Others were always skittish. Most are neutral, some have obnoxious personalities and a few are friendly.

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