So since you're raising chicks right now I have some questions for you. My aunt is moving of our property and taking her chickens with her. This means we're gonna get some new ones and start from scratch. I want to properly socialize these ones so they're easier to work with. How are you doing it?
Set up their container in the family room so they can see people all the time. If they’re stinky you’re going to need to switch to a higher quality feed (not Dumor or Purina which are the popular ones in America, you can google some online) and switch to equine stable pellets as bedding. Spray them with water so they fluff up and wait for them to dry. This will absorb any smell and is a lot healthier for chickens to be on.
Don’t pick them up when you first get them unless you need to. Just hold your hand in their container with treats for however long it takes them to be comfortable. A few minutes multiple times a day for the first two days should be enough depending on your chicks. Then take them out to a safe area and sit with them on the floor, just letting them hop on you or crawl under. After a day or two of this they should be begging to be held at which point you can start holding them. Feed them treats like scrambled or hard boiled egg, chopped greens, worms, and maybe some little wild bird food (make sure they have access to grit). It can take a bit for them to try new things so just leave a dish with the treats in there, they’ll try it eventually and learn they like it.
Soon they’ll think you’re their parent and want to follow you everywhere. This is an awesome time to take them outside for supervised play on warm, sunny days, and take them with you around the house. This will get them better about being picked up and following you when they’re adults :) it’s pretty easy to socialize baby chickens, being both birds that imprint on whatever takes care of them and domesticated they quickly learn to like people. At around 2-3 weeks if they’re well feathered you can take them with in a box in your car and feed them tiny fast food tidbits (not too much because it’s bad for them). That way they’ll associate the car with good things too, which is helpful for taking sick birds to the vet, or if you like having a little adventure buddy.
By the time they’re ready to go outside the chickens will be feathered puppies that follow you everywhere and want to sit on your shoulders or lap.
Hope that helps :)