I am new to the whole chicken thing. Last May we decided to get 4 chicks from the local feed store, 4 RIRs. One ended up being a rooster, which got real annoying after a while. He was loud and just down right mean. The kids wouldn't even go in the yard when he was out! We decided to have him for dinner! Then 3 months ago, I forgot I left them out in the yard and I let the dogs out. Another dead! So we were down to two chickens. Last week, I found out the feed store had leghorns for sale. We decided to get 4 of them instead of waiting for "chick month" at the store. I am pregnant and due at the end of May, so I didn't want the hassle of having a baby and getting baby chicks in the same month. That would be way too much work for me! Anyway, I am using a 30 gallon rubbermaid tub for the brooder at the moment and they are already flying out of it! They are a week old! We had to put chicken wire over it to keep them in. The RIRs did not do this! I read that they were flighty, but I didn't think they would be at a week old. Will they always be like this? They seem pretty afraid of us, too. I handle them everyday. Will this make them a little less shy? Are these leghorns going to end up being a hassle for me? I want to be able to let them out of the coop during the day for a little, but how in the world am I going to be able to round them up if they are so scared of us? Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!