Forgive me if I have posted in the wrong forum but I was hoping some of you seasoned chicken owners might could share with me some tips on how to get my chickens to eat from my hand? I just got them yesterday, they were my MIL's, there are 9 females and the 1 rooster. I got real close late yesterday evening when I was feeding them. I had one brave little lady get real, real close but I guess I spooked her at the last minute or something. They are layer hens and I'm feeding them 16 percent pellet food. I have a strawberry patch that I haven't gotten around to picking in a few days so I'm sure I have some strawberries I can share with them. Maybe that will win them over? I read somewhere on this site that chickens go bonkers for strawberries? I will try bribing them and see how they do. If I weren't so afraid to pick some of these bazillion cicada's off of every leaf, blade and stick in my yard, I would try that too.