When I go out in the garden, my chickens follow me around (unless they get bored or are taking a bath). If I stand still all of them will come and peck at my clothing. At first I thought they were going after lint or stray threads, but I’m sure my clothes aren’t THAT dirty. Their pecking is pretty much constant.
If I’m standing up they go for my trouser legs.
If I’m squatting down, they sneak up behind me and peck at my back.
Frank is just as tasty (he’s also a nice napping stop).
Why are they doing this? It doesn’t seem like normal chicken behaviour to me. They rarely peck each other (unless yogurt has been splattered when everything is fair game). So is this a grooming ritual? A sign of respect? A demonstration of love? What????