Why are my chickens so afraid of me?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mueri07, Apr 25, 2017.

  1. mueri07

    mueri07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have chicks that we just moved from their temporary home to their coop. We have a buff, Rhode Island Red and a Black Sex Link.

    The sex link is funny she lets you pick her up and always follows me around. The other two want nothing to do with humans, any ideas suggestions on getting them to like and wanting me to hold them and just be around them?

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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Chicks are hard wired to run from anything that tries to grab them, or looms over them. I find letting them come to you is a better choice. Sitting quietly and handing out treats can help. Mine go nuts for scrambled eggs and it has help them to view me in a positive manner. Chicks also seem to go through a fear period where they are more terrified of things. Most suddenly become friendly as they sexually mature and begin laying.
     
  3. mueri07

    mueri07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, they do love scrambled eggs. My girls love watermelon right now!
     
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    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Be another month before we get to start seeing watermelon available here, sounds delicious. I would keep at it. Eventually they should come around and realize you are good and not evil.
     
  5. mueri07

    mueri07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you much, I have spent more time just sitting in coop talking to them letting them peck me and walk on my legs and such. Bonding moments! [​IMG]
     
  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    My last bunch hit sexual maturity and suddenly they were following me everywhere and tripping me, and we're knocking over my cup of coffee and pecking at my hands, they were a pain. Since I started feeding scrambled eggs as an occasional treat, all my birds just stand around in the way now, before they ran in terror. I don't what happened, now it's hard to walk through the shed, and I end up saying excuse me ladies a lot, and I don't even handle mine except to move them.
     
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  7. mueri07

    mueri07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When does this sexual maturity happen? Pretty consistent with different breeds?
     
  8. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    It can vary, some are 4 months, like sex links and leghorns, which are egg laying breeds. Dual purpose breeds are generally 5-6 months, which yours look to be, and some bantam, ornamental breeds, and larger breeds can be 7-12 months.
     
  9. mueri07

    mueri07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds good, thanks. I am also running into problems with the chicks at night they all bunch into one nesting box or the edge of the box. They are not using their roosts? Is there anything I need to be on the look out for? Or is it too high? Low? not enough support? Thanks!
     
  10. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Most chicks take a while to learn to roost, so it's not unusual for them to pile somewhere at night. Most start to roost between 2-4 months, some earlier some later. So I wouldn't worry, they will eventually start to use it.
     

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