Haven't we all heard that you just need to accept that if you let a broody hen raise your baby chicks, you need to accept they won't be very tame and people friendly? That they won't want to be touched or held? I had already accepted this tenet when my six-year old Speckled Sussex Linda hatched a single Cream Legbar chick five weeks ago. I was also very concerned that this single chick was doomed to be lonely and a misfit since she was consigned to growing up with no other chicks as brooding mates. I've been so surprised to find that neither one of those concerns has materialized. This single chick, named Ladybug, has been one of the tamest chicks I've ever had, and she has fitted into the flock so well that I marvel every day that she's almost never harassed by the adult chickens. But then she has the most fierce hen in the flock as a body guard. Here's the big secret to her tameness - having a very tame and lap-friendly broody mom. When I wanted to handle the chick, I included Linda in the process by letting her into my lap as I handled her chick. Within a day or two, Ladybug was hopping into my lap whenever I sat down in the run. Since her mama trusted me and enjoyed being in my lap, Ladybug took her cues from that and became a lap-chick. Ladybug is going on six weeks old now, and she comes right to me every time she sees me, even out free-ranging. If it's very friendly chicks you want, but you wish to have a broody hatch and raise your chicks, pick the friendliest, most lap-prone broody you have for the job.