I try to handle my bob youngins at least once a week, I only have 5. They totally flee when I stick my hand in their temporary cage. I don't want them to fear me, though. I know this may be something I can do nothing about & I don't want to purposefully stress them but sometimes I just get this maddening urge to nab one & snorggle the heck out of it it. I just adore them that much. Well when I do, there is a lot of fighting to get out of my hands for a few seconds then when I start petting its little head, it closes its eyes & I wonder either he's really loving his head scritch or he's halfway to a heart attack I hold them like I've seen in pictures, with the legs between my fingers & the bird's body resting in the palm of my hand, that is after it calms down. When I first grab it, I have to hold it in both hands. All the while it is giving a distressed peep call. Eventually that subsides as well. ADVISE!