We just got 6 chicks that around 4 weeks old. Man, are they ever afraid of us! When I pick one up it completely freaks out and struggles to get away from me. They just do not settle down. Is it too late to get them used to being picked up by humans? Any advice on convincing them that I'm their friend (other than treats - I would really rather wait until they are little older for treats)? Our first chicks were around 4/5 weeks old when we got them and they had been total free range chickens and they didn't freak out nearly this badly. They would run and try to get away but once you had them for a minute, they would calm down (and usually go to sleep).