Originally Posted by KittenKiya
I started by talking everytime I put food out. Even if I didn't see anyone, I said, "OK, guys, here comes the food." After a while, one face showed up and then after a while, they knew the sound of my voice and would gather at the end of the driveway. They slowly moved up to the porch. I know it sounds funny and maybe your neighbors will want to call the men in the white coats, but it works. They equate the voice with the food and water.
That's what I did with my ferals when I lived in my old basement apt. At the beginning, Callie would run off whenever she saw me approaching the sliding door. After she started associating the sliding door with food, she'd move away but not run off and wait until I got back in before going up to the food. Slowly, slowly I got her to trust me to the point where I'd open the door talking and she'd stay while I put the food down and play with me using the feather teasers. Several times she actually ate treats from my hand. Often when I arrive home, I'd be walking down from my car to my apt and I would start calling for Callie and she'd come running up then follow me to my door... I still miss that!
I know that will happen with you- just give it time and make it a rountine- feed them at the same time in the same place and eventually they will let u get closer.