Hi!! My name is Jamie and I live in Reno Nevada. I am new to BYC and basically the whole chicken raising thing in general, so forgive me if I ask silly questions. I am so excited to be starting this new venture! My family had chickens when I was a kid, so I remember very little info on the process. I just bought my first 5 Rhode Island Reds and have 4 black Australorps shipping at the end of April. I have been told that handling them a lot as babies can ensure friendlier chickens in the long run, making it easier to deal with them in the future. So here are a few starting questions; how much handling does "a lot" entail, and what sort of handling? Do I pick them up? Do I pet them? Will it help to bring them "treats" when they are old enough to digestively handle it? Any advice on helping to create happy friendly chickens is very welcome!