I know we all have our own way of bonding with our chickens so I thought it would be nice if we all shared our favorite ones. I just came in from my chicken run where I currently have four hens and one rooster. I've recently given them a bigger run, one where I can go in and interact with them as opposed to their old one where I was only able to do so through chicken wire. In the time that our relationship has changed, my babies have gotten more used to me and have gone from staying a comfortable distance away from me to walking right under my feet as I seed their run with oats daily. (Yes I have GREEN stuff growing in my run!! The fact that they have a 22' by 40' run and there are so few and I seed constantly helps.) They still haven't liked me reaching down to touch them, though. Today, I decided to get down on the ground with them and used a small shovel to dig around in the dirt. Three of my girls came in so close that I had to be careful to not hit them as I dug. They even let me pet them briefly as I found sprouts and bugs for them. I figured that to them, I was acting like a lead rooster would. Finding them little goodies as I dug around in the dirt. This has become my favorite way to hang out with my "Cheapies". Though it does take more time than just throwing out treats. So, how do you bond with your feathered friends?