A farmer friend of the family was making his rounds this morning hunting woodchucks and I happened to be out so I asked him in for a cup of coffee. His grandson Austin whos two and a half and cute as a bugs ear was with him. Austin it turns out loves my chickens. Each time they drive by my house in the field he has to check them out. I love seeing this so I of course let him in the pen, the coop, etc. Austin loves to feed the chickens. Let me restate that, he LOVES to feed the chickens. I have no idea why, but anything I can do to see a kid smile as much as he does, Ill do it!!! Unfortunately I had just filled the feeder prior to them driving up. All the chickens had eaten from what I could see. Well, Im not one to disappoint kids so we took a scoop of food out and threw it on the ground. WHOOSH!!! A hoard of chickens ran, flew, and sprinted over to eat. They were wolfing it down like they hadnt been fed in a week. Ive seen this before where it looks as if they much prefer to pick and scratch their feed off the ground. Why is that?