Take a blanket/ towel/ or in my case an empty feed bag (-hey, it’s what I had at the time), set it down on the ground and you guessed it, plop yourself down.
Why? Let me put it in a way that maybe you can relate to.
Have you ever been in the situation where someone is looming over you? It’s uncomfortable and intimidating right? Same thing here! -Can you imagine how big we look to them?!
I suggest the ground if you are able to, only for the simple fact that they can also easily climb on you if they get comfortable. I understand this isn’t a possibility for everyone, so if need be bring out a lawn chair and something to rest your feet on. (chickens love roosting.
Eventually, if you have your legs up, they may invite themselves.)
Place some goodies next to you, starting away from you and then some a little closer. Don’t put them right next to you right away, let them edge their way in.
Take out your book or your phone (or listen to the Drink and Farm Podcast and sit back and relax. (Seriously therapeutic) Your goal isn’t to hold the chicken.
Your goal is to be present and have the chicken get used to your presence.
If they should decide to roost on you, don’t take this as your queue to hold them or smother them.
The first few times just let them be for a bit. You are earning their trust and they are testing the waters. (It’s sort of like dealing with a teenager and or pre teen lol!)
Repeat each day!!!