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Where do chickens like to be pet?

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I tried searching but pet is not a great word to search on so I apologize if this has been posted before.  That is assuming they like to be pet.  When you're holding them, what gives thema pleasant feeling, lightly rubbing the comb?  Under the neck, back of the neck?  On the beak.  I had a lovebird who liked being pet on the nose.  Just curious.  Thanks!

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Our three like to be lightly petted along the back, 'scritched' near the tail feathers, and also on the breast area.  We have found they sometimes like to be petted on the neck, but not all the time.  Petting the head seems to have a varied reaction.
To clarify, the three we have are about a month and a bit old.  We also have two ten-day old Welsummers that are just getting used to being handled more often.  So far, they seem to like the petting on the back.

post #3 of 21

Some of my hens like a soft, gently stroke down their backs.   Other like to be scritched gently just under the breast.

-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, 5 Toulouse geese, and 7 turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, 2 bunnies, a rescue cat which owns me and a new kitten. Oh, yeah: and a house silkie....

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-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, 5 Toulouse geese, and 7 turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, 2 bunnies, a rescue cat which owns me and a new kitten. Oh, yeah: and a house silkie....

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post #4 of 21

I have an Australorp hen about 1 year old now...she LOVES her legs massaged. She will jump into my lap and scream at me until I massage them. She will even lift her foot so I can rub her little black toes. Freakn spoiled bird.

Jessica
3 dogs, 1 cat, 1 duck, 2 Australorps, many Bantam B/B/S Ameraucanas and 11 Bantam Lavender Ameraucana chickies
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Jessica
3 dogs, 1 cat, 1 duck, 2 Australorps, many Bantam B/B/S Ameraucanas and 11 Bantam Lavender Ameraucana chickies
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post #5 of 21

welcome-byc

My 4 wo chicks seem to like to be held close while I whisper to them...they respond with low peeps.  The 2 wo chicks scream if I put my hand in their brooder...still working on them tongue .  Some of the 6 day old chicks climb into my hand and love to be held close while I talk to them...they also make lil noises back to me. 

So far none really have shown a need to be 'petted' like you would a dog or cat or bunny.  Our bunnies love to have their faces rubbed...so does one of my cats...to each his own.  You will figure out what pleases them...good luck.

Peggy


Edited by Boo-Boo's Mama - 4/20/10 at 12:31pm
6 Red Sex Link, 5 Buff Orpington, 5 Silver Laced Wyandotte, 3 Barred Rocks, and 3 Easter Eggers
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6 Red Sex Link, 5 Buff Orpington, 5 Silver Laced Wyandotte, 3 Barred Rocks, and 3 Easter Eggers
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post #6 of 21
Thread Starter 

I'm sure they have no need to be petted however,  I clearly have a need to pet.  LMAO about the leg massages.  Thanks!

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Originally Posted by mockcherry 

I'm sure they have no need to be petted however,  I clearly have a need to pet.  LMAO about the leg massages.  Thanks!


Agreed.   I would love to be able to pet mine for both their and my enjoyment, but even though I'm very slow and gentle, it just un-nerves them.

post #8 of 21

I play with my roos wattles and rub between them. He seems to enjoy it. Closes his eyes and nearly goes to sleep.

Mother of 5 Nigerian dwarf goats, 2 dogs, 7 chickens from Key West, 1 mottled Aracuana, a lavender Araucana, pair of lavender Ameraucanas,  4 seramas, 1 frizzled naked neck bantam, a BC Marans, a couple of olive egger's, a buff orp mix, 2 silkies, several random mixes,16 year old son, 21 year old daughter and 47 year old DH.
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Mother of 5 Nigerian dwarf goats, 2 dogs, 7 chickens from Key West, 1 mottled Aracuana, a lavender Araucana, pair of lavender Ameraucanas,  4 seramas, 1 frizzled naked neck bantam, a BC Marans, a couple of olive egger's, a buff orp mix, 2 silkies, several random mixes,16 year old son, 21 year old daughter and 47 year old DH.
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post #9 of 21

I have two broody standard cochins and  they both love to have me sroke their backs.  they just seem to relax, close their eyes and doze off.

Standard Cochins! Best darn birds in the world!
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post #10 of 21
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Originally Posted by Jess N Jeff 

I have an Australorp hen about 1 year old now...she LOVES her legs massaged. She will jump into my lap and scream at me until I massage them. She will even lift her foot so I can rub her little black toes. Freakn spoiled bird.


Well who doesn't like a good foot rub?

My current family:     A kooky Belgian Malinois, a feisty Pembroke Welsh Corgi,  2 ponds full of friendly fish
                        a small parrot, 1 BR, 1 SS, 1 BLRW, 1 EE and of course a wonderful, understanding husband!
               
                                         Arguing is pointless.    It can hurt your head too.
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My current family:     A kooky Belgian Malinois, a feisty Pembroke Welsh Corgi,  2 ponds full of friendly fish
                        a small parrot, 1 BR, 1 SS, 1 BLRW, 1 EE and of course a wonderful, understanding husband!
               
                                         Arguing is pointless.    It can hurt your head too.
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