My three year old daughter refers to our Silkies as her sisters and loves to pick them up (under close supervision!). Not once have they gotten flustered. On the contrary, they seem to genuinely enjoy being held and are very patient with her. Their dispositions are so calm, cuddly and friendly. Their fluffy, soft feathers feel more like a rabbit than a chicken. My aunt says each time she sees them, she thinks of Phyllis Diller!