I would appreciate advice from experienced flock owners about handling chickens at night in order to inspect and treat them. I have been able to pick up and handle only 3 out of 6 of my 10 month old "hormonal" pullets, and desperately need to check the other 3 for ectoparasites, and clean a nasty butt on one. But have not been successful in my attempts. Although friendly and usually trusting, they frighten, flap, run, fly at anything different or unexpected in their surroundings, and pose a true risk of self injury when upset. They live in a roofed all in one cabin type coop/run, the coop floor is 21/2 feet off the ground, and the run extends under this. The skittish 3 move out of reach with attempts to handle them. The human access door to the coop opens to unprotected space. I have read in other Threads and in texts to try to examine or treat them at nite when they are roosting, but have concerns. By means of a camera in the coop, I know they don't just sleep all nite. They awaken, change roost position. Talk. On and off all nite. If a light shines in the coop they really wake. The answers I seek: Are they really sedate and easy to handle, inspect, treat, clean after dark? Or, are they frightened and pose an escape risk? What type of light can I use to reduce their awakening, but still be able to see well enough to accomplish the task? Do you have other advice for us inexperienced with chicken handling?