I have had 6 hens for 8 days now. I have been hand feeding them treats and hanging out with them for about two hours a day, so they are getting quite tame: they will sit on my lap while eating, come when I call, and poop on me. I took the week off from work so I could spend time with them during their first week home. What is the best way to pet a chicken? I find that they don't like their backs petted (they lower themselves down towards the ground like they don't like it) and although they let me stroke their chests they don't seem thrilled about it. Is it better to stroke their feathers softly or should you pet with enough firmness to feel their skin? (They are so fluffy!) Do they like to be scratched? Sorry if these questions are dumb or strange, but I am a first time chicken owner and just want my ladies to be happy. Not sure if it is important, but I have 2 barred rocks (friendliest), 2 red stars (skittish but mostly friendly) and 2 easter eggers (slowly coming around). Thanks!