Read my "new to Goldens" post, a lot of helpful tips there. Mine are about 12 weeks and I tried to be close with them but they are fast. They seem curious and friendly and will walk right up to me but as soon as I try to touch them they run. Everything I have heard about letting them run is a NO, almost every one will take off on you but maybe someone here with expereince has had better luck than what I have read.
Just be patient with them.
If you offer them broken up peanuts in your hand without moving and sitting down or bending down to become smaller you won't look as much of a threat to them. They like treats and you can normally win them over but only with time and alot of patience and never chase them.
Yes I do think by raising the chicks that will tame them down a bit since they get attached to you after a while. I have one red golden chick that I spend time with daily and find he's gets attached to me more and more. I believe that's called imprinting when the chick gets attached to who is raising and spending time with them.
Last fall I've seen an adult golden pheasant at a farm and boy was that pheasant wild. Its makes sense if your going to keep golden pheasants you might as well raise them from chicks to help them become less wild and more tame to better suit becoming a pet. It does make it harder to keep a wild pheasant that one that isn't as wild.
Hope this helps!!