Why do they follow me? And they hate to be touched......

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Prareedawn, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. Prareedawn

    Prareedawn Out Of The Brooder

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    It makes me Happy and I LOVE it but why do they follow me? Its so cute. I can just walk around the yard and they all just run after me. Our chickens don't really like to be touched a lot and hate being picked up so its funny to me that they love to be next to us. They are not afraid of us but they just don't want to be touched. When they were younger they would jump up on your shoulder or lap but now (20 weeks) they don't want you to touch them at all. I'm wondering if this was form the kids constantly trying to pick them up and if i can get them used to be touched at all or is it too late now?
     
  2. alogue5173

    alogue5173 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are the same way. They run up to the car when I get home everyday and if I'm in the yard I look like the pied piper with a line of chickens behind me. But, If I try to pet them or pick them up they will peck me and want no part of it. I thought mine were just weirdos.[​IMG]
     
  3. Prareedawn

    Prareedawn Out Of The Brooder

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    LOL thank god mine arent the only ones LOL I thought maybe I had emotionally damaged them! They never peck at us though. Except to try to eat the fuzz trim on my boots or the strings form my hoodies LOL!
     
  4. EggieRowe

    EggieRowe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine are the same way - as chicks they would hop on an outstretched hand/arm for a minute or two then fly back to the brooder, but now they want nothing to do with being held. I had one break skin the other day when I tried to pick it up. Yet they crowd around me so close I'm nearly tripping over them to fill their waterer or feeder.
     

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