When will they know I'm not trying to eat them?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by hypnochyck, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. hypnochyck

    hypnochyck In the Brooder

    Mar 11, 2009
    Benicia, CA
    So, my 6 3-week old chicks, still in their brooder in the garage are terrified of me! I call, "chick, chick!" everytime I pass by and bring them their food and treats of lettuce and celery, but they always flip out like I'm trying to eat them. I feel guilty grabbing them to hold them, in an effort to acclamate them to me, but I fear that I am just scaring them more. I want them to love me.....I'm not needy or anything, but how do I calm them? Will that just come with time?
  2. ohiofarmgirl

    ohiofarmgirl Songster

    Jan 22, 2009
    we you stop sneaking up on them saying "i'm going to EAT you!" ha ha ha ha ha ha

    just kidding. keep handling them
  3. noobiechickenlady

    noobiechickenlady In the Brooder

    Dec 11, 2008
    My girls are almost 4 months odl and they still are skittish of me. They'll come running and mob me when I call them with the oatmeal can, but they'll still scatter like quail if I try to walk up to them, even very slowly.
  4. Uzuri

    Uzuri Songster

    Mar 25, 2009
    I'm no pro at this or anything, but when mine flip out, I've been covering them with both hands; once they settle down, I let them up, and they're calmer.

    I've also just spent time sitting at the edge of the brooder, letting them see me on their own terms. They get curious and check me out. Sometimes they'll challenge me, and they quickly get put in their place and will run off--they come back eventually, though.

    They still scream like little girls when I take them out for cleaning, though [​IMG] Funny thing is that they almost never run or struggle when I transfer them back in from the temporary box. Maybe they just don't like the box, and it's nothing against me [​IMG]
  5. hypnochyck

    hypnochyck In the Brooder

    Mar 11, 2009
    Benicia, CA
    Quote:That's funny! I really did lol!![​IMG]
  6. KittyKelly

    KittyKelly Songster

    May 6, 2009
    Central KY
    The older they get the more they will mellow out. When BluegrassSeramas got her first 4 black star chickens, they were really scared of people. Now they are over a year old and they follow you around the farm! They come RUNNING if you call out "chick! chick! chick!" Its very intertaining. So just keep doing what you are doing and call to them every time you throw out food.
  7. annek

    annek Songster

    Mar 12, 2009
    some breeds are worse than others. My leghorns are very skittish and I don't think will ever like me. My RIR's come right to me and let me pick them up.
  8. Brindlebtch

    Brindlebtch Songster

    Apr 15, 2009
    I am a first year chicken owner (got my girls in Feb '09) and I was wondering the same thing. My birds had to stay inside a long time and got used to the bustle of the house but were always leery of me. Now that they are outside, when they are in their run and I come up with a handful of birdseed or a tomato, which seem to be their favorite treats (go figure) they come running up and eat out of my hand. Sometimes I take a chair into their run and sit and dribble birseed between my feet so they have to come practically under me to get their treat. They have certainly become very interested now! When I go in their run now I have to sort of wade through them.
  9. Featherwisp

    Featherwisp Songster

    May 18, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    Slow, gentle handling takes the scare right out of it. Some chicks are just flighty, and it takes them a while to realize that you wont hurt them. [​IMG]
    Feeding them by hand is a great way to get them to run to you. Do this a few times each day, accommodated with a call (mine is "chick, chick, chickiiiiie babies!" lol) and they will come running when they see your hand/hear the call with time.
  10. modenacart

    modenacart Songster

    Jan 21, 2008
    New Bern, NC
    My husband and I kept our six chicks in one of our bathrooms until they were big enough to go out to the coop/run. We'd take them out of the brooder and let them run around the bathroom while we sat there and gave them treats. We did this many times a day. That way they came up to us on their own terms and knew we had warm laps and treats. Our one Polish girl was the most skiddish as a baby, but is now quite clingy when I'm out in the yard.

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