I did it, I did it, I did it!! No chasing, just seized the moment.....I have been so scared to pick up that rooster since he showed up at my doorstep. But after chatting on here, I faced my fear of birds. It was exhilirating to hold him!! I was sitting with him chatting and just took a couple deep breathes and picked him right up, NO problem. It felt like he was purring in my arms. Thank you to the Earlyguy for the pics and advice on bonding!! So, happy right now, feel like a new mom, and dying to pick up new hens!!