I have a small backyard flock of two production RIR's and a barred rock. The BR is incredibly friendly and has been since she was a very young chick. She is always the first to come and see what I am up to when I enter the run, she will eat from my hand, likes to be picked up and doesn't mind being touched by myself or my two young kids. The RIR's are the complete opposite, they are still incredibly skittish around anyone, including me who is in there everyday. All three are 18 weeks old, they have ample room within their coop and a very nice sized run (12x12) that they are in all day. Usually in the afternoons I will let them free range in our fenced in yard for an hour or more with little supervision. I try to make it a point every day to pick each of them up, talk to them, and acknowledge them individually but the RIR's do not seem like they have any interest in being handled for any reason. Is this behavior typical? The three together get along very nicely, seem to have established their order with the BR acting as the Queen of the coop. Just wondering if there is any more that we could be doing to warm them up to human contact where they might show a little more interest in us picking them up rather than playing games of run away every time one of us comes near? Could I expect some of this skittish behavior to lessen once they begin to lay? Any feedback would be appreciated.