I am really new to taking care of chickens. But I LOVE it! My chickens are the cutest, and we get lots of wonderful fresh eggs every day (we have 8 beautiful sex-linked hens in a 10x10 x4 chicken tractor.) Today my husband & I were dusting them for mites, and by trial and error we found that by carefully grabbing them by the legs, & hanging them upside down was the least traumatic for them. It enabled us to dust under their wings and vents easily. My 17 year old daughter told us we were being cruel to them. But they seemed so mellow and relaxed, I really think we did OK. I stroked them gently after their treatment (most of them always let me pet them) & they calmly walked away. What is the proper way to handle chickens in this situation?