I am really curious about this. I have the friendliest chicks I have ever met right now and I can't figure out why, if it isn't to do with their genetics. They are all breeds I have had before (EE, SS, BO) but they are so much more outgoing. They run up to me and peep to be picked up. This started before we began feeding them kitchen scraps even! This is my 4th batch of chicks in the last 3 years. All 4 orders contained 25-30 chicks. The first 2 were from McMurray. They were healthy, happy, and adorable. But we only had one in each batch be handleable despite frequent interaction. I mean we could catch them, but they didn't like it and we could hold them but they'd peep loudly. It took months of bribery to get them to be bappy to see us, instead of wary. The chickens I had growing up were like this too. My third order was from a breeder (project chickens, not real 'breed') and they acted just the same. A few have warmed up to being petted, but it has taken lots of work. My fourth order came from IDEAL, and they are just the sweetest things ever! Not all of them are cuddly, but only a few are panicy and paranoid. I have about 10 who will calmly allow me to pick them up and hold them, even sitting in my lap when I let them go. Most of the others will dodge my hand, but just seem annoyed, not scared. They are so nice they have started to influence my 3 year old flighty ones to be friendlier! I can pet my older hens if the babies are around now. I love my babies! Though there were diferences in their brooder set-ups, if anything these new chicks had LESS handling at early ages than the others. So is it the hatchery? Luck? Magic? Why are they so nice? Where did your friendlist chicks come from, and where did you get the least friendly? Please also say how many you had together, as it effects the ammount of individual attention each chick gets.