Normal chick behavior or is something wrong?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bbecca, Apr 4, 2017.

  1. bbecca

    bbecca Chirping

    May 24, 2016
    I got 4 Easter eggers and 4 speckled Sussex at local feed store, they're about 3/4 wks old. i have had baby chicks before but they were nothing like these ones. I have been working with them every day, holding, talking, etc and they are still SO scared and flighty and frenzied. And two of them run up and peck at me when I reach my hand in! Not the kind of pecking looking for food but for defending themselves. Could these be signs I might have 2 Cockerals? I thought I'd start giving them a few tiny treats but not only will they not take out of my hand, if I leave it in their cage they won't even touch it. Is this the breed, is this normal behavior? I've had chicks before and never seen this.

  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Mine are always flighty until they reach sexual maturity. I continue to be King Kong to them when they are young, than they are suddenly more friendly.

    In my experiences chicks that peck hands early on end up being roosters most of the time, but not always.

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