I have 5 two week old chicks, and 3 one week olds chicks that I am currently working with to try and get them a bit more friendly. I don't care if they are so friendly that I can pick everyone up and flip them on their backs and cuddle them like children, but I do want to be able to pet them and have them not be afraid. And I do want to be able to handle them as needed without a lot of fear. I had them all able to eat from my hands and I was able to pet a few. They were calm around me though and a few would perch on my arm and sit there happily. However my 2 year old son got in their room last night while I was making dinner(the one time we left the gate open). And while everyone is ok, no one is hurt but he was in there screaming at them and they were terrified as they should be. Now I feel like all my hard work has been undone because now they are all skittish and don't even really want to eat from my hand anymore.
Do I just give them a few days with minimal contact to calm down and then start over, or should I keep doing what I am doing and try to calmly handle them? I am not trying to pick any up at this point unless I need to move them, as only one is ok being picked up, the others kind of freak out. Its my first time with chickens so I am new to this and just don't want to end up with really unfriendly birds.