I'm trying to handle my 3 week old peeps as much as possible. I hand feed them, call them to me (they're in a brooder), talk to them like I think a momma hen would, and just try to get them comfortable with me in general. I'm now making a point of trying to pick them up and hold them until they are comfortable, then I stroke their crop and back and try to get them to relax. In the meantime, I'm getting pecked to death by the other chicks. I expect some of it because I have been hand-feeding them, but they're getting big enough that when they bite and pull, it's starting to hurt! How would a mother hen handle getting pecked? Should I poke them back with my finger? Should I ignore them? I don't want them pecking me when they're full grown! Geez, they might draw blood! Also -- I read posts where people are able to handle their birds well enough to soak feet for 10 minutes, treat wounds, etc. Am I doing the right thing to get my girls to let me hold them whenever I need to? This is my first foray into chickendom, so I don't know very much.