I hatched a bunch of Bantam Cochin/Chocolate English Orpington chicks this week. This is my first experience with bantams or bantam crosses. One thing I noticed is that these chicks are more "people oriented" than any of my LF (large fowl) chicks, even ones I incubated. By day 2 or 3, the LF chicks would get frightened anytime anyone came near their brooder and run to the other side. In contrast, these chicks seek out human attention. When ever I walk past they pop out from under the heater plate and watch me. When I talk to them and put my hand in the brooder at least 5-6 of them come up to investigate and 1-2 will hop in my hand. They don't mind being picked up either. The LF chicks usually cheep their heads off when being held. These chicks are chill about being held and carried about. My thinking is that bantams have probably been bred more heavily for friendliness than LF because they are more likely to be pets than LF birds. Has anyone else noticed this?