I’m curious! We have 19 chickens at the moment, 5 of which are ex-battery cage rescue hens who have been with us about a year. These 5 hens will merrily stand and peck your footwear and/or legs all day long, even when there appears to be nothing to gain from it. I have never seen this behaviour in our other chickens or in others we’ve had before, although I’m sure mine are not alone in this habit. Does anybody have any clues as to why they do it? I was wondering if perhaps it is a learned behaviour from their days of caged living but I can’t see what that could be (since I hear there is a distinct lack of available footwear in commercial cages ). My mum finds it so aggravating that she gave them their own Wellington boot but it’s just not as exciting when there’s nobody wearing it!