I got six laying hens and a rooster from a farmer in the area two months ago. They are one and two years old and mixed varieties. I don't know if they have been handled by humans before. I've been working very hard to get on their good side with sunflowers and night crawlers and tomatoes along with their layer's pellets and scratch feed. Two of them now approach me in hopes of a worm. So do I grab them and hold them? How do I transition into holding them? It was suggested by a friend that I pick them up at night while they are sleeping. That sounds worth a try. I just don't want to traumatize them and make things worse between us. What do you think?