I am fairly new to chickens and I got them when they were about 3 months old. I have never picked them up other than when I first got them. Actually I'm a little apprehensive to do so. I realize I need to be checking them over for various issues and I really do want chickens that enjoy sitting with me. They are all friendly and run around my feet when I go in their run and run after me when the are free ranging. I guess I just need advise on how to gently get them without making them afraid and making them not trust me. The guy we purchased them from just reached in and grabbed them by their legs without much thought to it. Any suggestions? Thanks for all your help, this is a great forum for us newbies!