Chickens and humans are social creatures. Humans have communities and chickens have flocks, but what happens when the two intersect? Do chickens look at human owners as a part of the flock or a separate entity? I once had an injured duck arrive at the house to overwinter and it would try to interact with the hens but they would always drive it away. Similarly my current girls often drive pigeons, grackles, cats and squirrels out of "their" yard. Chickens seem less than accepting of other species so what about humans? My hens definitely recognize me and my roommate but are wary of any new comers. My hens curtsey when I reach down toward them as they would to a rooster or dominant hen (does that make me the flock rooster??). My top hen also sometimes tries to fight me, perhaps a challenge for a spot at the top of the pecking order. I am curious about other peoples experiences with flock dynamics. How do your hens respond to you and your family? Do you think you have a position in the pecking order or are you outside it?