I'm absolutely new to having chickens- I have a lot of experienced help around me, but I need help with this pecking problem! We have 10 Isabrown hens- they're free-range around our rural home, we got them about a month ago and they're doing wonderfully! We're getting lots of eggs, they seem very happy. We're just starting to handle them a bit more, but in the past couple weeks they're getting bolder and now we're getting pecked ALL the time! I have 3 kids (5, 3 and 1.5) and they're gentle, don't chase the chickens, and do most of the egg collecting. But when we're sitting outside the chickens approach us and start pecking- at feet, ankles, legs, hands, clothing, anything. Just yesterday I rescued my 1.5 yr old standing on the step crying with 4 chickens around him pecking his legs! Is this normal? How can we feed them treats without encouraging the pecking? We occasionally throw scraps while we sit outside- this has seemed to encourage it. I'd like to be able to handle them, sit with them, etc without getting pecked to death. Especially with small children around! I try to 'shoo' them with my foot when I'm sitting, or clap them away, but I don't konw what else to do.