So I was wondering how many of you consider your chickens as your pets.....or livestock? From the day my 17 chicks came in the mail I sat with them, held them, petted them and played with them. When they moved into there coop I would sit in the run or the coop with them and let the jump on my lap and pet them. But now that they are 2 months old I go into the run and sit on a low to the ground lounge chair and pet them as usual. All the sudden my little chicken angels have turned into wild monsters! They jump on my lap and peck me so hard its hurts! They fly on to my head and won't come down....they scratch me with their claws and drive me crazy! They used to sit quietly and calmly on my lap and fall asleep while I pet them. Are they going through a hyper, nutty teenage chicken phase or have my angels been replaced over night? Maybe I shouldn't treat them like pets and not play with them so much.....what do you think? While they calm down after awhile or while they stay like this forever(they get plently of exercise because they are outside from 6:30 am---8:30 pm)????