My 4 mixed pullets are almost 4 mos old. They are very very sociable. I like to eat my lunch or breakfast in the garden and they gather around. I'll toss the scraps. Sometimes the two bossier ones will peck at my shoes or knees, but they don't hurt me. Is this bad chicken manners???? It is really cute. Should I discourage it? The boss lady - Rhode Island White - will sit on the chair arm with me and watch me eat. Also, they follow me around the garden, meet me at the door and try to go with me when I leave the gate. I did just lose my Corgi (14.5 yrs.)and these young ladies are sort of the dog replacement. I just noticed yesterday that the NN and the RIW squat down when I pet them. I gather that means they are close to laying?