Hello! I recently came across this site when looking for chicken coop designs. I love it! Thanks to all whole have put this site together! What an amazing community as well. Very informative. A little background here and why I need help. I grew up riding horses at a farm not too far from my house. They had tons of chickens, peacocks, and turkeys free ranging there. My summers were spent chasing chickens (mind you, at the time they thought it was a game and when you "found them" they would stop, cluck, and you got to pick them up where they would be for hours if we let them), finding all the hidden eggs in the hay bales, and helping to tame the little chicks. I loved being there. Fast forward to my adult years. Its been about 20 years since I have been around chickens. Thankfully, my hubby grew up with them so the care, feeding, housing, etc has been taken care of. We currently live on 5 acres, have 4 dogs, 2 barn kitties, and 4 horses. I have a huge plentiful garden, I can jams, jellies, and veggies with produce from my garden. The last item to my happy patch of Heaven was to add chickens. So why do I need help you ask? Its quite comical really. Since I left that happy barn growing up, I have this sense about me I guess that clues birds of every kind to hate me! I must have a target on my head that only birds can see. LOL! I have been pooped on the head too many times to count (even while in the city with a huge crowd of people), been goosed where the sun doesn't shine, chased off, pecked at, attacked by, and everything else you can imagine! It has kinda made me have a slight phobia of birds if you can imagine!!! I planned originally to start off with day old chicks that would love me before they learn to hate me haha! That has been the plan since I moved here 2 yrs ago. However, we have the opportunity to get 6 Barred Rock chickens from a friend of mine in the next week or two. My kids are currently in 4H with her kids. My friend ordered 36 day old chicks of this breed. She has been a faithful chicken friend to these chicks. Her two children have handled them every day. They are currently 9 weeks old. Just yesterday my child helped show the chickens at the livestock show in the next town over. I have decided that we can take these chickens. They have been handled by the children and loved on a lot. So. In a few weeks we will be able to bring 6 of these chickens home. I want them as pets. I want to be able to go back like my childhood and be able to call them and have them sit in my lap. But with all my experiences I am somewhat afraid. Its only me. The rest of my family loves them and do not have an issue with them. I figured on sitting for an hour every day in the closed run for a week or so. That way we could get used to each other. I am ok with that. I think. LOL! We planned on keeping them in the run until they are used to the coop...and me. Once we are all good they will free range. No worries on the dogs and cats. That is taken care of. So, how else can I get over this phobia? I hear the best way to a chicken is by the treats and food in pockets etc. I have also read not to reach out and don't go from the top. No worries there. I am just gonna be a sitting duck and take it. LOL. But what kind of treats can I feed these guys? Is it just their food? Please, I really do need some help. I want to make this smooth, and I want to get over this as fast as possible. Any help is GREATLY appreciated! Ok sorry for the novel. Thanks!