Some of the stories I've read on here worry me about the potential aggression of the roos (like Pastrymamas). I noticed that when I was fearful, earlier on (after reading these stories), the chicks really sensed that and acted accordingly . Working with dogs, I've noticed they're quite sensative to the energy those emotions are putting out. So far, chickens seem the same way. My short, few month span around chickens isn't a lot to draw from though. Does any one else notice this?
In any case, I've moved my 6 chickens into their new, outside home (my DH finished their coop for my bday. Yea, no more dust in the house!). One thing that has been harder is catching them. Even though I've been hand holding them everyday, they're still not crazy about being caught. They will come to eat scratch and food out of my hand but the hens are more wary now that they know they might get picked up if they get close. Once they're picked up, they're generally okay about it, but most of the time now that they have more space to run away, they go crazy and get more scared. I don't want to scare the daylights out of them just to pick them up. Any advice?