I took this video of Pip the other day. It’s a little reminiscent of this post, from back in April. Which is, of course, Pip’s papa, momma and assorted ‘aunts’ and ‘uncles.’
The sexlinks loved to eat feed out of my hand. Abby still does, which I discovered when I tried to hand-feed Pip the first time (by holding my hand down to Pip) and she kept butting in to get her own. I am, however, more leery of Abby and Dots eating out of my hand because, well, they are bigger now and their pecks are more forceful. I think if they got very enthusiastic, it could hurt more than I want it to.
The Rhode Island Reds never really ever did eat out of my hand. I don’t think they were (or still are, some of them) as trusting as the sexlinks.
Pip is my cross between the two breeds, but he is being raised by a sexlink momma. I don’t know if that has any bearing on the issue, but he is NOT afraid of my hand. And, as you can tell from the video, he trusts me enough to sit on my hand. He also climbs my arm and shoulder. So much like the sexlink side of his heritage.