All but a couple of my chicks are very friendly. They will hop up onto my lap and looooove to be pet down the back, several will fall asleep this way. My polish is a complete flighty spaz, but when the mood hits, she will also either jump on my lap or shoulder if I'm sitting on the ground. I handle them numerous times a day, mostly just petting them, letting them jump on me out in the run, feeding them treats out of my hand. But when I go to pick them up, scream city. Several will calm down as long as they are standing on my hand, none of them like it if their feet are dangling (cupping them with their belly in my hand, feet hanging down). Some will go nuts, flapping, shrieking, struggling to get away. I never let one go who is acting like this, I hold them gently and shush them until they calm down somewhat, at which point I let them walk out of my hands (or zoom away, which they usually end up doing). Is this just a normal chick thing? Should I continue trying to get them used to be being held, or do chickens just not like being picked up/held? They are fine for petting, jumping on my lap, eating from hand, etc. I just want friendly pet hens, so I want to make sure I'm doing everything right in order to get that! Preening on my legs This is what happens when I open the brooder door.