Struggling to make friends with my Reds...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MarieGray, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. MarieGray

    MarieGray New Egg

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    Hello all.
    New here. ...I'm going about this backwards...I'll go post an intro when I'm finished.
    I live in a "medium density" neighborhood in my hometown in Vermont.
    My parents have purchased the family farm and have had chickens for some time. This year my husband and I decided to get a few chickens to supply our own eggs. I'm a low carber, so I eat a lot of them!!! We have two barred rocks and two Rhode Island Reds. Those red girls are so nasty to us and to their black and white sisters. Unbelievable!!!!! They are not gentle in any way and will nearly remove flesh from your fingers as soon as remove grain from your outstreched hand. Iv'e had chickens before, but they were two years old when I got them, they were pretty mellow but didn't necessarily enjoy being handled.

    Our hens are in a "tractor" that I move every 48 hours. *sigh* IDK....I'd just prefer that they weren't terrified of nearby foot traffic or my two dogs...so I'm trying to spend lots of time with them....
    Is this just the way it's going to be??? They were born on May 13th so they are about 6 weeks old.


    Thanks,
    Marie Gray
     
  2. RachaelS

    RachaelS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can not help, so *bump", maybe someone else can!
     
  3. spotsplus

    spotsplus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try meal worms! These tasty treats make even my most skittish ones come around and eat out of my hands. I used the dried mealies [​IMG]

    Tammie
     
  4. Chick15

    Chick15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My RIR girls used to steer clear of me, but i began feeding them treats and they have become less antisocial. My girls were never too aggressive though...
     

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