These little buggers want nothing to do with me unless I bring cheese, then they'll swarm my hand and run off after all the bits are gone. Petting? Cuddling? Picking up? Not a chance you crazy person!
They're Old English Bantams currently creating giant messes in my living room tupperware until they're old enough to go outside in a couple weeks. Is this normal for chickens? I raised Barred Plymouth Rocks in my 4H youth, and I remember them being much more docile about handling under similar conditions. A breed difference?
Options: Keep gingerly hand-feeding them and hope for the best? Scoop one up at a time for enthusiastic force handling while ignoring desperate cheepy struggles? Leave them alone? I do want/need them to tolerate being approached and picked up to look over for mites/injuries/etc. when they're adults but don't know the best way to go about this.