I have a fairly tame flock of different breeds, they are normal friendly, but I'm wondering what chicken-taming hints people might have for me since we are such a wide, diverse group here at BYC? I like to have a close relationship with my livestock and like to find ways of working with them that is non-stressful and pleasant for all of us. It would be nice if it were easier to catch them and such. I don't have a great first tip to start the ball rolling here, but I have noticed that my chickens seem to be a lot tamer after we have picked them up and put them upside down, holding their feet, and then gradually start to pet and cradle them like a baby, talking to them and looking them in the eye. I noticed that chickens I've done this with will be much friendlier to me but can't explain why. I'd love to know why that works and if anyone has other things (besides, obviously, feeding them!) that helps to tame chickens (or ducks for that matter). I think we could all say that feeding special treats "tames" chickens, so I don't just mean to ask what goodies do you feed your chickens that they enjoy and make them like you. I believe there are already lots of threads here about that. Any chicken whisperers out there? Or wannabe ones with some thoughts/ideas?