I wish I could get pictures or video of this, but they always stop and run to me when I try.
My four girls, free-roaming in the back yard, have picked up the habit of standing at the back door and pecking. And pecking. And pecking! It's an old door and it's quite loud all through the house.
At first I thought it was because it's cold here in Utah, and standing against the door allows them to absorb a little radiant heat. Then I thought it might also help that they get to stand on the doormat which would protect their feet from the cold cement (you know, the same as standing on the entire rest of the yard). They're pansies about the rain, and there's a tiny bit of roof that covers about 8" of the patio closest to the door that does get them mostly out of the rain/snow... But none of that explains the pecking.
I just realized yesterday that a potential reason for the pecking... Is because the door is red.
I can't figure anything else out. I don't think they're doing it to get my attention -- and if so, I'm not encouraging it. I just don't want them to damage their beaks! They've been at it for four months now!
Has anyone heard of this before or know what might be happening, or why? Ideas on how I can discourage it? Right now my best idea is putting some cardboard or a sheet or something over the lower half of the door to change the color and see if that helps.
Thoughts? Thanks, everyone!