I'm one of those silly people who thought she was going to have pet chickens. I'm not looking for house chickens, but I did want them to be tame so they'd be easy to handle and not intimidating for friends/family/children. I've held each of my four pretty much every day since they were a day old toward that goal. They come running at me when they see me - they are most definitely not afraid of me. And they greet me warmly after I've been away a few days. But they are getting WORSE rather than better about being held. My Delaware, especially, acts as if I'm hauling her straight to the stew pot when I try to pick her up. Flapping wildly and then going almost catatonic - won't eat anything out of my hand. After a few minutes they seem to calm down a bit, but we go through the same thing every time I try to pick one up, and they don't at all like me to pet them, either. I've read here on BYC about so many people whose chickens love to be held. Where did I go wrong? They're 15 weeks old. The EE is the tamest of the four, but even she has a little hissy fit when I first pick her up. Oh - and editing this to mention that when my back is turned, they will sometimes PECK at me! Not to be aggressive, I don't think - more to get my attention in hopes of being given a treat - but those beaks are getting big and it hurts!