Hi all, I inherited a hen and cockerel from the previous tenant here. I don't think they were well looked after by their previous owners and the hen hut was in a disgusting state of never being cleaned out and I found, whilst cleaning it out, the remains of a dead hen buried under layers of poo. The cockerel was actually donated by my landlady and is reasonably used to humans, but the hen runs off. She had two chicks last year and I left her to her own devices as she couldn't go far as her wings had been clipped - however she has reared them to be totally feral and wild and will fly off at the meer sight of a human approaching, but they did all still roost in the hen hut and lay eggs in there. The eldest of the two chicks, now an adult, has a little brood of her own 4 chicks now and once she left the hen hut with them, decided not to take them back to roost and tried to roost in the paddock. We managed to round her and the chicks up and carry them back to the hen hut after dark, as they would have been a tasty snack if left out all night. I recently built an enclosure round the hen hut with the intention of feeding them in there rather than ending up feeding the pheasants and jackdaws after the hens dash off at my approach. But I've decided to keep them all in there permanently to try and get them used to humans. Is it too late to do this now? One hen has managed to escape under the hen hut (now blocked off) and there is no chance of catching her now. So I have a cockerel, the original hen and mother hen with her 4 chicks. Should I take her chicks off her and hand rear them to ensure they grow up tame and give up with the adult hens? Should I just ensure I try and catch them and handle them daily (potentially very stressful for all concerned) I've never had such wild hens before as I've always had rescued ex-battery hens that are used to humans. Not sure quite how to approach this dilemma...I don't want to be cruel to them by keeping them in an enclosure, but it's going to get to the point where they all just bugger off into the woods and never come back!!