We are new chicken owners, and have a small backyard coop. I like to free range our 3 hens for a few hours around the side of my house, but getting them out of the pen is an issue. I've only got 3 birds, and the oldest has always been very sweet and easily handled. The other two think I am so very, very scary. They will come to eat out of my hand, but otherwise run from me. So, catching them to bring the around for grassy-ranging goodness was a pain. Then, I read about how they get submissive when they get of egg-laying age, and so rather than continuing to try to pick them up to carry them, I get out the can of dried meal worms, shake them while calling out to the girls, and they RUN after me. It is SO MUCH EASIER this way. They gladly follow, but don't want to be held. So, I found a workable compromise. I DO hope that in a few months when they are ready to lay they will let me hold them, but at least one is a snuggler and that is good enough.