I really want friendly pet chickens that are easy to handle when they are big and that will tolerate my kids holding them. I've read that the more that you handle them as chicks, the tamer they will become. I've been trying to hold each of my chicks for a few minutes each, twice per day, and I put my hand in without trying to pick anyone up everytime I check in on them. So far, only my Dominque comes to me when I put my hand in, though all of the others will come over and peck at me a little once the Dominque is already settled in my palm. I'm afraid to handle them too much as I don't want to stress them out. They all freak out and peep loudly when I pick them up, but they do settle for a few seconds when I cup my hand over them against my chest. They briefly fall asleep only to wake up and freak out when they realize that the cozy warm thing they are up against is a giant featherless thing that obviously plans on eating them. So I put them back. Do I force the handling issue? Should I hold them more than twice per day? I guess I'm a little picky about handling them since the other birds I've raised over the years were/are SO tame.