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Is it bad that my week old chicks are running away from me?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chixcoop, Oct 29, 2015.

  1. chixcoop

    chixcoop Chirping

    Jul 24, 2015
    Western Mass
    We just got an order of chicks from Meyers Hatchery on Monday, and recently, within the last day, they have been running away from me when I go to try to pick them up. Our brooder is pretty big, so when they run to the opposite side, it is really annoying because I can't pick them up! I guess thats my fault, but I had no idea that they would do that. I vaguely remember our chicks runing away from us last year when they were in the brooder, but I am not sure. Here is a picture of the brooder. Are there any rules when rasing chicks in a brooder—should I not hold them for a couple days to let them get used to the area? Did anyone else have this problem? [​IMG]
    The brooder is on the floor btw

  2. UberchicRanch

    UberchicRanch Chirping

    Oct 24, 2015
    New England
    It's not necessarily bad it's that they're not used to you. When you pick one up, spend a good 30+ minutes with them and rotate through all the chicks. Be patient. Since you weren't there when they hatched, they didn't imprint on you. But soon when they realize you are the bringer of food and water, and they will sure to be running towards you instead! Good luck!
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Mine always run and act like I'm king Kong, I don't usually bother to tame mine down as chicks, I do pick them up and move them outside daily, of course I'm talking summer, they will remain terrified of me until they become adults than usually they figure out I'm not so bad and they come see what I have or am up to, I've had too take chickens and I found them to be a bit of a nuisance. Handle them and eventually they will not be so scared.

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