I’m raising four baby geese, they all hatched at different times. My two oldest imprinted pretty well on me I thought, but are still reliant on eachother as siblings. (I can’t say much for the other two yet as they just hatched in the last few days!) They follow me around from inside the cage they’re being raised in and peep and peep and peep excitedly when I come near the cage/am near them. (And when I sing to them lol! They don’t have this same reaction to my girlfriend either.) I’ve been holding and cuddling and kissing them as well but every time I actually open the cage door and go to pick them up they scramble away and peep in fear. Once they’re actually being held typically they’re fine (the oldest one was rowdy the last time I picked it up and didn’t want to settle with me like usual ) and they’ll muzzle me, etc. I was wondering if this still means they view me as mom? I want them to be self sufficient which is why they’re being kept together so they imprint on each other too, but does that mean I’ve failed to imprint them on me if they scramble away when I go to hold them? And is it normal to want to be held less the older they get?