Hello! I just adopted a three week old Buff Oprington chick on Monday. Before I got her she was kept in a large outdoor pen with lots of other baby chickens, larger almost adult chickens, and dogs running all around outside the pen. I brought her home and settled her in the brooder with her heat lamp, food, water, and a few old washcloths to snuggle against. Well she wasn't pleased... I've never heard such alarmed peeping as I do when I leave the room. As soon as I appear in front of her again her peep-peeps get much more quiet and relaxed... After just a half hour or so she was letting me pick her up and hold her while she groomed and preened her newly developing feathers. If I put her in the brooder without the top netting over it I quickly learned that she could fly up and perch on the edge... which isn't a problem for me I think it is good that she is learning how to perch/fly/etc. but.... if I'm sitting on the couch and she is in the brooder... she'll hop up on the edge peep loudly at me and fly over and land on me on the couch... Then she runs up my body and nestles on my shoulder against my neck. She hates being left alone and follows me everywhere I let her... She likes to explore the house but always returns to sit literally on my foot. If I place her under her heat lamp (because I worry about her staying warm since she is only three weeks and its about 80 degrees in my house) she'll lay down on her side propped up against my hand... But if I move or try to leave she is either peeping alarmingly or trying to follow me... I've recently tried changing her brooder into a laundry basket with smooth triangular holes so she can still see me when she is inside of it but she still would rather be sitting on me or exploring the house near my feet. Do you think she might be getting too cold? I rarely see her eat... I think she hates the chick starter. But will accept yogurt or other treats from my finger only. She loves to peck around the floor but even if I scatter some starter mash on the ground she moves to a different spot where the start isn't - like she is shunning the food. Maybe she is eating enough when I'm not looking because she is still pooing well and I've observed her drinking on many occasions. She prefers drinking running water out of the bathroom tap especially... naughty bird At night I have taken to letting her nestle against me in blankets until she is good and sleepy before transferring her to the brooder for the night. She sleeps there just fine alone all night until I check on her when I wake up the next morning. She flys up onto me as soon as I take off the netting from her box. I know everyone on here is always concerned about poo in the house... but she isn't really all that messy in my opinion. She doesn't poo on me or on her blankets but prefers to poo in her brooder or on a surface... like the sink or floor. Super easy to wipe up. I'm thinking I might start potty training this week. She loves my husband just as much and behaves the exact same way with him as well. I think her behavior is interchangeable between the two of us. Although he stays at home all throughout the day so she spends more time with him. Why do you think she behaves this way? Is she lonely? And could all of the attention I (and my husband) give her be bad for her? Thanks guys!