I am sort of new to the world of chickens. Last week we bought 4 Rhode Island Red hens, two Buff Orpington hens, and one Rhode Island red rooster. We probably won't be keeping a few of the Red hens. When moving locations I realize they have to get used to everything new, but these chickens have never been handled by people. I can't really even get close to them without at least one running away from me, then the rest get freaked and huddle in a corner. I am not sure exactly on the age, the guy we bought them from just got the eggs and never really had contact with them, but the hens are laying and I don't think they are over a year. Anyways, I want to be able to at least touch one of them, or even pet one. Do you ever think that would ever happen? I go visit them every day more then three times a day, I've fed them bread, crackers, fresh green grass, huge moths, scraps, and I've been throwing the chicken food out to them. Only one of the Buff Orpingtons will rarely come close and very cautiously grab a piece of bread or a cracker out of my fingers, then books it. They have been laying eggs but none will set on them. I am thinking about buying a few different breeds of chicks next week and raising them by hand, but do you think that is worth doing? Because when the chicks come of age and I put them with the flock, will they just follow the others in running away? Or do you think they might encourage the others to gain a little trust and come up to me? I'm just thinking of the age they are at, and already have they're minds set on people.