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Picking up and handling new chickens

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Hi, We have 3, 11 week old chickens. We have left them to settle for 5/6 days. They are now come over when I go in to the run looking for food 😊 

I want to start handling them and getting them used to being picked up. Should they settle a bit longer. If I approach them they run or should I stick with the food/treats and wait until they are more comfortable with me. Just wondered what everyone else did! Newbie ,👍

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Take it slow and let them get used to you properly. If you rush it, it will only make them more weary of you. 
And not all chickens will get used to being handled. My Gerda still screams her head off every time I touch her. It’s so bad that neighbours come to see if I’m being strangled. 🙄

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Thank you, we will take it slowly. Babs chicken took some food from my hand yesterday and the other 2 are curious. Hoping they will follow suit. So we will stick with that just now and let them get used to us 👍

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If you just go and sit near them and talk to them when they are fr they will soon get used to you, especially if you offer a few treats. Then you can start to gently stroke them and go from there. Same with hamsters 😆!

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I echo what Cattails said. Hopefully they will come to at least tolerate being handled but not all do. Mine will all happily eat from my hand but only the ones I hatched and raised will let me pick them up without telling everyone they’re being murdered.

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