1st time chicken mom. I have 3 english orpingtons that I brought home only days old. I handled them with not too much fuss, but as the have gotten older they freak out any time i reach into the crate, even if I'm just changing out food and water dishes. They dart to the back trampling each other to get to the back corner where they continue to flap around, kicking up bedding, until I close the coop. Just to be clear, I have never done any harm to them and talk to them constantly as they are in my house with us. I imagined them as pets and eggs are a bonus but I got this breed specifically for their personality. They are now about 6-8 wks old and are about to combine with my 5 sizzle chickens that I have raised without any personality problems.