“Im actually trying to place some of mine in new homes.”
Three of ours were babies of a feral momma in our yard. They appeared in 2011. We tried to place them in new homes, then we had a problem. We said we wouldn’t give them to anyone unless they treated them at least as well as we did. Some of the people who called ... OY!! So we still have them, and brought in Mom, too. All are love muffins.
Mom still has feral mindset, so although she loves to be petted, it can be only with one hand, with your other hand out of sight. No picking her up. (She may come around.) When we moved we had to catch her with a butterfly net type thingie made for feral cats. It worked, but moving day was stressful.
Interesting about your feral momma. Mine has the same aversion to two-handed handling, so maybe that’s a rational defense mechanism common to feral cats. I do catch her off guard at petting time and forceably pick her up, to train her, and she is getting better. It’s funny that when she is outside she is much easier to handle, including picking up.