I'm a newbie to raising chickens. I got 8 pullets back in January and although I was out there with them quite frequently they would jump away when I reached out to pet or touch them. About mid May one of them started getting closer day by day. The next thing I know I am petting her, rubbing her waddle thing and suddenly she wouldn't leave me alone when I went out there. Within a couple of days there was another one hanging out and wanting to be petted and 2 weeks I was trying to split my time between all of them. When this started I noticed an odd behavior, when I would reach out to pet them for the first time of the day, they would hunch down and squat, almost as if I was going to hit them...a very submissive position. One day I was scratching one of their backs, as I scratched back toward her tail, it popped straight up in the air. I scratched her back hind end, no, not from behind but on her back and when I pulled my hand away she stood up, shook like she was shaking off water and fluffed all of her feathers up. I decided to try this on another one and same thing. Now I go out there and they are all hunching over and fluffing and shaking after I pet them. Am I their rooster? I have not been around a rooster and hen to see their behavior but it's almost as if this is some kind of submissive mating position and they are getting off to the petting. One more observation. I have one pullet not laying eggs. Maybe she's just not old enough yet but she also will not allow me to pet her and is the only one that does not get near me...unless I have watermelon in my hand. this is not so much of a question as it is an observation. Perhaps you guys have noticed the same behavior??