BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Raising BackYard Chickens › Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying › Chicken's preening each other
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Chicken's preening each other

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

One of my chickens is molting hard and has new feathers coming in all over her head and neck.  Today I saw another chicken, who she is very close too as they were added to the flock late and had to endure the hardship of fitting in together, preening the back of her head for her.  It was very sweet.  I didn't know that chickens would preen each other.....

post #2 of 8
You may find that this is a common occurrence among close-knit flicks or small groups of close hens. It's cute isn't it? I see it a lot in my flock.

Australian cat lover, chicken keeper, photographer and artist.  

“RWGWGWARAHHHHWWRGGWRWRW.” - Chewbacca

How to Train Your Chicken  -  Red Sex Links  -  Egg Binding  -  My Coop Checklist  -  Gardening with Chickens

Reply

Australian cat lover, chicken keeper, photographer and artist.  

“RWGWGWARAHHHHWWRGGWRWRW.” - Chewbacca

How to Train Your Chicken  -  Red Sex Links  -  Egg Binding  -  My Coop Checklist  -  Gardening with Chickens

Reply
post #3 of 8

I love it when my girls do this!  They will also clean food off of each others faces.  When they eat oatmeal, they clean each other off and help my EE clean up her beard and muffs.  Isn't it adorable??!!

Jen in Minnesota

 

The girls:

LRH (Little Red Hen) - RIR - Our fair leader

Buffy - Buff Orpington - The glamour girl

Flora - Black Australorp - Proper Aussie lady

Tilly - Easter Egger - Noodle beard and fluff brain extraordinaire

 

Come, visit my yard: http://www.hensintheyard.com/

Reply

Jen in Minnesota

 

The girls:

LRH (Little Red Hen) - RIR - Our fair leader

Buffy - Buff Orpington - The glamour girl

Flora - Black Australorp - Proper Aussie lady

Tilly - Easter Egger - Noodle beard and fluff brain extraordinaire

 

Come, visit my yard: http://www.hensintheyard.com/

Reply
post #4 of 8
Yes! My special needs hen isn't strong enough to roost so she sleeps underneath the roost and cops a lot of poo during the night. In the morning the others clean the poop off her feathers (gross, but yeah).

Australian cat lover, chicken keeper, photographer and artist.  

“RWGWGWARAHHHHWWRGGWRWRW.” - Chewbacca

How to Train Your Chicken  -  Red Sex Links  -  Egg Binding  -  My Coop Checklist  -  Gardening with Chickens

Reply

Australian cat lover, chicken keeper, photographer and artist.  

“RWGWGWARAHHHHWWRGGWRWRW.” - Chewbacca

How to Train Your Chicken  -  Red Sex Links  -  Egg Binding  -  My Coop Checklist  -  Gardening with Chickens

Reply
post #5 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nutcase View Post

Yes! My special needs hen isn't strong enough to roost so she sleeps underneath the roost and cops a lot of poo during the night. In the morning the others clean the poop off her feathers (gross, but yeah).


I love that you take care of a special needs hen.  :hugs

Jen in Minnesota

 

The girls:

LRH (Little Red Hen) - RIR - Our fair leader

Buffy - Buff Orpington - The glamour girl

Flora - Black Australorp - Proper Aussie lady

Tilly - Easter Egger - Noodle beard and fluff brain extraordinaire

 

Come, visit my yard: http://www.hensintheyard.com/

Reply

Jen in Minnesota

 

The girls:

LRH (Little Red Hen) - RIR - Our fair leader

Buffy - Buff Orpington - The glamour girl

Flora - Black Australorp - Proper Aussie lady

Tilly - Easter Egger - Noodle beard and fluff brain extraordinaire

 

Come, visit my yard: http://www.hensintheyard.com/

Reply
post #6 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by chickiegrrl View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by Nutcase View Post

Yes! My special needs hen isn't strong enough to roost so she sleeps underneath the roost and cops a lot of poo during the night. In the morning the others clean the poop off her feathers (gross, but yeah).


I love that you take care of a special needs hen.  hugs.gif

Thanks, she was permanently lamed in an accident a few years ago but she's the sweetest thing. I think caring for injured/special needs animals is so worth it.

Australian cat lover, chicken keeper, photographer and artist.  

“RWGWGWARAHHHHWWRGGWRWRW.” - Chewbacca

How to Train Your Chicken  -  Red Sex Links  -  Egg Binding  -  My Coop Checklist  -  Gardening with Chickens

Reply

Australian cat lover, chicken keeper, photographer and artist.  

“RWGWGWARAHHHHWWRGGWRWRW.” - Chewbacca

How to Train Your Chicken  -  Red Sex Links  -  Egg Binding  -  My Coop Checklist  -  Gardening with Chickens

Reply
post #7 of 8
I notice when my head girl preens the other girls, her under feathers on her wings kind of fan down. Has anyone else seen this? It looks to me as an almost submissive sign, that she's saying she's nurturing, not coming to fight. I'm curious to know if that's common? Yes, they look so sweet in this moment <3
post #8 of 8
One of my roos actually started preening my hair the other day XD I felt like part of the flock. He's a mama's boy any way. While I'm here... Who else has hens and roos that will lay like babies in your arms/laps?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying
BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Raising BackYard Chickens › Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying › Chicken's preening each other