I am trying to get my chickens used to be handled and used to human company. We only have two currently so this should not be too difficult, but I am not sure if I am doing the right things. They are currently 7 weeks old and in an outside run and raised coop. I do the following: 1. Sit on a small low stool in their run area 2. Pick them up (they fuss briefly at that point) and hold them 3. Walk around the house and garden whilst holding them - showing them things (?!) 4. Talk to them 5. Encourage our friendly dog (whom I would not trust) to show an interest in them. 6. Show the cat they are getting bigger and she should not mess with them. When I do 3 it seems as if one of them would rather stay in the house, which she is clearly interested in, than return to the run. The other chicken is less keen on it all. Is any of the above making any difference? I am a Headteacher and these chickens are currently in my house in the school grounds, but they are to be school chickens from September (my students watched them hatch!) so it is important to me that they like people. They are likely to be completely adored by the girls in my school (don't worry, they are very nice girls and I will be very strict about how they treat them - I haven't looked after them all this time just for them to be neglected later) and I live on site and will see them everyday. When they move up to school they will have their own outside area as well as the coop and run for night time. All the girls are going to be trained on how to look after them. Anyone got any other suggestions as to how I could be preparing them for starting school in September??? I think I was less concerned when my own daughter started junior school!!!