I almost feel like the Pied Piper leading the mice when the chickens follow me around the yard. They know where I keep the sunflower seeds, and to them, sunflower seeds are as good a crack. They go nuts over them. I think I could lead them around town, if they thought sunflower seeds were at the end of the journey.
When I buy a grain mixture that includes sunflower seeds, they will eat the sunflower seeds and leave the other grains. The little chickens aren't as finicky yet. The are more picky when it comes to greens from the garden. They all, however, love tomatoes! Lucky for them, the volunteer cherry tomatoes are doing well. Each day I pick the ripe tomatoes to give to the chickens. They usually end up playing what looks like chicken football. They all run after the quarterback to get the tomato. It's both comical and yet cruel to watch at the same time. I often feel bad for them and toss them several so they don't have to fight over them. I no longer pick any of the tomatoes for us to eat. The chickens get to enjoy them all. No wonder they follow me around begging for treats. They know they are going to get something for their begging.