I think I've spoiled my chickens a little too much. All my adult (10-12 months old) hens come running as soon as they see me heading out to the yard. They usually gather around my feet eyeballing me to see if I have anything yummy for them. Sometimes they'll peck at my shoe, pant cuff or rings, once they notice I don't have any treats they wander off. I got these girls when they were about 3-4 months old. My newest batch of chicks, 14 of them, I've had since they were 2-3 days old. I've hand fed them since I got them so they'd learn to like me. Well, I think they've learned to like me a little too much. They're all out in the yard with the big girls now, so they come running whenever I head out there. They'll check look at my hands to see if I have anything, if I don't drop anything for them, they start checking out my feet. My garden/chicken yard shoes have little flowers all over them and the chicks will start pecking at the printed flowers. Sometimes they'll even try to stand on my shoes and give 'em a little scratch before going back to pecking. Once they realize they're not getting anything off the shoes, they give my feet/ankles the sideways checkout and start pecking at my leg. Only one leg, I have a pretty big floral tattoo that comes up my foot and wraps around my ankle. They get quite excited about trying to eat these flowers! One tried to eat a scab off my other leg, I think she thought it was a tick...really just a scab from scratching a mosquito bite. So my question is, will these chicks eventually learn that my shoes and tattoos are not food or do I need to do something to break this habit?! I move my feet and leave the yard when they get a little too focused on my shoes and/or tattoos. It was cute at first, but I don't want them to be biters! Even though they don't bite non-tattooed skin...just my feet, ankle and wrists. Anything colorful seems to be met with "Yum! Can I eat that?" Maybe I just need a sign for the yard "Beware - Chickens Love Tattoos!!" But seriously. Do they outgrow thinking that everything is food? Are young chickens the same as young....every other creature? You don't know it's food unless you try it first. Thanks!