The taming of the Silkies

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by silkie-mom, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. silkie-mom

    silkie-mom In the Brooder

    Aug 25, 2008
    South central Virginia
    I have my 11 spoiled silkies and love them to death. I am in their pen several times a day with treats and conversation. They get the best of everything.
    Here's my question:
    Do they all hate to be touched or petted? Mine love to come up to me and peck at my fingers and sometimes jump in my lap, but as soon as I reach to touch them they run away. They come right back though, but still won't let me touch them. Is this normal behavior? Or are my chickens just antisocials? They run to the door of the pen when they see or hear me coming as if they are excited that I am arriving.....and huddle around my feet as I try to make my way around. They are great in every way except being touched. I picked some of them up a few times and they act like I am trying to murder them!:|
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Some birds are just that way. I have some that I can hold and diaper up, and some who you couldn't touch with a stick even if you tried. Yet they will all stand right where you want to step. [​IMG]

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