Got 3 bantams Tues 4mos-old. Little human exposure, grew up in a yard with hundreds of chickens free-range. They're REALLY afraid of people. Trying to acclimate them. Today the Welsummer FINALLY pecked some crushed corn out of my hand YAY. Wyandotte still too scared & Australorp still on isolation in the crate (until Monday). [Austr pecked my daughter and made her cry today while I was cleaning out her crate. Dang fiesty pullet!!lol] Other than tempting them with food and just being around them a lot, any suggestions what else we can do? How long does it usually take to domesticate a ferrel chicken? Do any of you have chickens that'll actually jump up in your lap looking for food?! Mine also have lice, I'm pretty sure. I've dusted them a bit with the louse dust as well as their coop/house. Anything else I need to do? They seem to be scratching at themselves a lot, esp their face. Don't want to catch and investigate it further because it traumatizes them when I try to catch them, doesn't really help them learn to trust me.. ya know? Thanks for any advice or information!