In the past month or two, my chickens have been really pecky. They don’t seem really aggressive but they keep pecking my muck boots and legs and it hurts! My largest hen whose the top of the pecking order has also started acting strange when I hold her and almost comes at me like she wants to fight when I put her down. I have no idea why they are acting this way as they are a rather docile breed and it has gotten to the point of where it’s actully a bit nerve racking to go in the coop with them or allow my children with them. I will admit, I haven’t been able to give them quite as much attention this winter due to the snow and cold but I still don’t see how it could cause them to act this way! They were so calm as pullets! Any idea on why their doing this and how to stop it?