- Nov 8, 2012
Hi everyone, I'm new to keeping chickens and I have a few questions. I bought a pair of 12 week old black australorps last week and I'm curious how much I should socialize with them. They have been holed up in their house since I got them (4 days ago) and they haven't been adventurous enough to come out in the run on their own. I've picked them up and set them outside a few times to pet them and spend time with them in the run. My 3 year old daughter also likes to pet them. One is pretty docile, the other is kind of skittish. They only hang out for a short time before they hop back up in the house. Is it okay to keep doing this or should we leave them alone? Are we getting them used to us or just scaring them? Any idea how long until they will be comfortable to come out on their own? We very much want to have friendly happy birds.