So this is embarrassing to admit, but I am pretty freaked out by birds and most animals in general. We have a terrible tick problem on my land, and we eat so many eggs, and I'm thinking about starting a flock of chickens and maybe some guineas. I just keep hitting this emotional roadblock and I'd like to know what ideas others have. How can I learn how to safely handle a chicken and learn how to read their body language? How can I avoid getting hurt? I have a 3 year old child and he is also fearful of animals, and will freak out if an animal comes too close. Is it easy to train chickens to not come too close, or if I stomp my foot (or he does) would they naturally move away from us? My child is fine with animals if they don't come too close, he just needs his space, so on the one hand I want chickens that are very docile, but I don't want them following us around like puppies, either.