I am just getting started with my first flock, and have 3 standard cochin chicks. A five week partridge and two 2 week old blues. Some people have told me that their overly large appearance is a deterrent to predation by hawks and owls. Anyone found this to be true? And how were your cochins as chicks? My baby cochins, although they are the biggest in the brooders, are kind of scardy cats! Any tips on getting them to "open up" more?