Some of my chicks will "allow" me to hold them, while others are dead set against it! But these are the ones who run up to my hand and peck at my fingers... I even had one tonight grab told of my finger! I think its a roo. I know that you are supposed to hold them a lot and pet them, but what's the trick? We have a Silkie who is a sweetheart and a mix who is a pip and will sit on my shoulder (with some fear from me that it's going to jump)... but the others (we have 15) really just glare and run away! My Barred Rocks I got from MPC are nasty little birds... they are the first ones to come and peck at my hand they are all supposed to be female well needless to say I have my doubts! I've even threatened Rommel with the Dinner table if he doesn't stop. I guess he's figured out my empty threats! He (I'm almost positive is a roo) is just NASTY! So help a newbie out...what's the trick?