Skittish birdds

usmcpilot06

Chirping
Mar 21, 2018
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Five week old Rhodes, still real skittish around me. Not trying to turn them into pets but I would like them to not be afraid of me.
 

ChickenGirl555

Crowing
Oct 22, 2017
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My Coop
My Coop
I held my chickens as chicks, gave them treats, sat down outside and sat still next to them...

They didn’t stop fearing me until they were 2-3 months old. Just keep up the friendly approaches, and soon they will realize you’re not a predator.

Edit to add: Also I didn’t want mine to be pets either. They’re in the coop and 7 months old now
 

usmcpilot06

Chirping
Mar 21, 2018
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I have twenty chicks, the kids still trying to name them. I have one bird that is bigger than the others. She perches on a box I have in the brooding pen and watches the other birds. If they screw up she lets them know. She not rough but she will let them know.
 

usmcpilot06

Chirping
Mar 21, 2018
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I was hoping to get them outside a bit today. it is almost 60 but it had t rain me out,,,,,oh well maybe tomorrow
 

llombardo

Crowing
Mar 11, 2018
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My chickens are my pets. Handled them from day one. They are about 3 weeks now. I do not handle them as often now. I am able to pick them up without issue to check them out for bugs or injuries and when I sit with them, they all fly up to the edge of the brooder box and visit me. They allow me to pet them and they just stay put.

I love that they are quiet but as soon as they hear me they start talking. They know I bring good things and lots of love along with my cleaning equipment..lol
 

llombardo

Crowing
Mar 11, 2018
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I went home for lunch today, I was real quiet and caught all 4 by surprise. They were all out of the brooder having a good ole time. Two of them jumped back in the brooder as if they thought I would not notice...LOL

They didn't scatter and try to get away, I was happy with that.
 

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