Lap chickens now scared of me?

ToniRae315

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Oct 13, 2020
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I have two Lavender Orpingtons that were lap chickens a week ago and now they act like I am the enemy and won’t let me hold them or a pet them is this chicken puberty? They would literally jump into my lap every time I sat down now the run from me except for treats and still skittish then. They’re about 20 weeks old.
 

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RubelliteRose

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Aww sorry your babies are scared🙁 It sounds weird, but if you have recently switched to fall clothes, it could be what you are wearing. Our chickens are terrified of some, but not all, plaids. I also recently wore a khaki skirt, off white top and a rusty orange cardigan - they smacked the walls of the run trying to get away. I then realized that I looked a lot like a giant hawk...
 

Lovem all

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Maybe give them some time and just hang there. They might be going through a phase. I have the same chickens, about the same age and they're lap babies too.
 

Sally PB

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My cockerel seems to be "upset" by some of my clothes. My orange Tigers shirt, especially. Maybe he likes a different team, but I think it's the bright orange. I'm wondering what will happen when I put on my green winter jacket. Probably find out in a few weeks. :)

I'm still waiting for my three BA pullets to become lap chickens. One is getting closer. I'll keep trying. Patience, patience... sigh.
 

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