Would welcome any tips on helping my chickies be less scared of me. I do pick them up and hold them gently 2-3 times a day until they stop struggling, but they still wig out every time the lid comes off their brooder. Unfortunately I suspect the answer is going to be "spend more time with them" and that's a problem, since I have an indoor/outdoor farm cat who is dying to get his paws on them! I had to move them to a spare bedroom with a door that locks, and I'm still convinced I'm going to come home from work one night to an open door and chicks that turned into chicken dinner. Right now we're in the middle of a spring freeze so Bad@$$ Farm Cat is staying indoors. Should I sit in there, take them out and actually play with them a bit? Thanks!