Hi fellow chicken enthusiasts! 3 days ago I picked up some new chickens (3 x 4 month old black silkies & 4 x 9 week old buff orpingtons). The reason I chose these breeds were because they are apparently both quite dosile and can be very friendly. I would love to have chickens that come running to me or follow me around I have read lots on this (AWESOME) website about how to befriend your chickens, but don’t know if I’m trying too hard since we have only had them for 3 days and I should let them settle first before trying to make friends? Day 1: After getting them home my partner and I picked up and stroked the chickens one by one and let them explore their grassy run. However we then had to chase them around to catch them and put them in their coop (probably not the best first impression!) Day 2: The chickens don’t leave their coop at all today, I wonder if they are having trouble figuring out the ladder/ramp or if they just want to stay in there. They have food and water in the coop. Keep in mind its Summer here in NZ so it must be quite warm in the coop (although we have installed vents). Fed them some cooked oats which they went nuts for and came closer to me to eat (although were still skittish). Despite wanting really badly to take them out of the coop and have them run around on the grass, I left them in the coop to do their own thing. Day 3: The chickens still haven’t left their coop when we return from work so I try a ‘follow the breadcrumb’ game and sprinkle chicken crack down the ladder/ramp. One silkie seems to understand and leaves the coop but the others don’t. We end up having to chase the silkie to put her back in the coop (arghh!!) I have sat in their run and talked to them for a while and they are coming closer than before. Basically what I’m asking is.. should I wait a few weeks until I start trying to befriend them? As I suppose they are in a completely new environment. I just don’t want to leave it too late! Thank you all!