We've had ours for almost a year and got them at about 2-3 weeks old. At first, they would fly right out of our hands when we attempted to "cuddle" them. They are used to getting treats. They definitely let us know what they like and don't like. The funniest thing is now every time the back door opens, they come running looking for their treat. If it's not dropped quickly, off they go. The one sure fire way for me to get them to come close is to sit with a cup of coffee or a cold drink with ice cubes clinking. I have two that jumped right in my lap and scared the heck out of me the first time they did it. Now it's almost our routine. But they never stay there very long once they realize I'm not letting them drink what I have. I still have one that wants nothing to do with being handled. I have read that most chickens do not like to be petted. By the time ours got tame, our 7 y.o. grandson lost his interest. Now he wants to know if I'm a crazy chicken lady. Love my girls. They keep me laughing (mostly at myself and my interactions with them). Enjoy the process, you are already creating great memories with your children.