I got 5, 8 week old silkies about 6 weeks ago and I love them. This is my second experience with chickens, but first time with Silkies. They are great, but they won't let me pick them up. I was told by the woman who hatched them and cared for them until 6 weeks that they were handled a lot. They have been stand-off-ish from the beginning. I tried to hold them them as often as possible when they were new, but I have given up. They are very sweet and I love my special girls (and one boy), but I don't think this generation will ever be comfortable with being held. I am hoping for the next generation to be more social and comfortable around humans. Anyone have any suggestions?