I’ve always fed the hens grape treats, and as a result, they’re quite friendly (they’ll crawl in my lap if I let them). But, when Will joined the flock, he made it apparent he had no use for grapes, and didn’t appreciate me feeding the hens either.
The hens were still enthusiastic about grapes, but Will would try to call them away, and when that didn’t work, he’d growl at me! Now, he’s generally a nice rooster, so I was puzzled. It finally dawned on me that Will knows he’s head rooster, and didn’t appreciate the competition for his hens.
After this “Chicken Whisperer” moment, I started offering grapes to Will first, and he finally started taking them and feeding the hens! He never eats them himself, he always gives them to a hen, and he doesn’t seem to mind if I feed them too, so long as he continues to get grapes. Now, both Will and I feed the hens treats, and everybody’s happy.