My parents decided after 15 years of no chickens on the farm they were going to get some. So they got 25 RIR's from a neighbor. This neighbor hardly ever even looks at his chickens. They are never shut up and they lay all over the yard. But his chickens were cheap and my dad says he can tell which ones were young and laying. So I figure these hens are going to be the most shy wild hens imaginable. Boy was I surprised. I went to visit and the little devils were hopping up in the van. They followed behind us so closely that it actually was annoying. You couldn't turn around without stepping on one. Then there are the new RIR's that my parents ordered and raised from babies. They had only the best care and lots of human contact. Now as pullets if you even look at them they will run from you. If you go into the hen house they will huddle in a corner. So, what makes the chickens with rotten care and little contact friendly and the other antisocial? Is it in the breeding?