I am a newbie chicken owner...I've had chickens since March of 2010. It is by far the best decision I have ever made. I hand raised my first three, held them a lot and got them used to human contact. I still have one of them (a RIR maybe?) that my niece lovingly named KFC. I gave away the rooster and sold the silver seabright, bought some seramas and an easter egger,lost the easter egger, sold some seramas, got a golden laced wyandot and a salmon faverole. A few months later, got some more seramas and frizzles, traded some seramas for 2 easter eggers. All of my chickens were social with people except the easter eggers. They had never had human contact (they were 4 months old when I got them). KFC started laying late July or August and started this odd behavior. When I would go into the coop to retrieve the egg, she would crouch down and push her wings back a little. It took me a few times to realize she wanted to be pet (so adorable). A few months later my salmon faverole started laying. Although she didn't have much contact before with me, she started the same behavior. After I brought home the frizzles, one of them would do the same thing. I currently have 11 outside and 8 inside. 1 RIR?, 1 Golden laced wyandot, 1 salmon faverole, 3 serama hens, 2 serama roosters, 2 easter eggers, 3 frizzles and 6 serama babies (hatched on Christmas Eve). I have the most beautiful variety of brown eggs, white eggs, and blue/green eggs of various sizes. I am in love and I hope with time, more of my chickens will crouch down to be pet!