Out of the 8 chicks I've raised, 3 have been extremely skittish. Everytime I would catch them, they'd shake, shiver, and peep in distress. I just want to tell others that if you handle them enough, that they are tameable! It takes a lot of love, time and patients. I hold my chicks several times a day. It's actually felt like a full time job. All this dedication pays off! The worst one of all was my RIR. I never thought that this one would ever like to be held in a million years. My RIR is 9 weeks old now and when I visit him/her in the coop he/she jumps up on my lap or shoulder and talks to me in a sweet quiet voice. It's amazing! The other two skittish ones are doing well also. They are at the point where they tolerate sitting in my hand all relaxed. One is 3 weeks and 7 weeks. The other 5 were very friendly to begin with. I have very friendly birds, I wanted it this way, so the kids could go in the coop without being chased down or pecked when they take out their bird for a while.