anyone hypnotise a chicken?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BaronRenfrew, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. BaronRenfrew

    BaronRenfrew Songster

    I'd read that it's possible to hypnotise a chicken (Al Gore mentioned he did this as a kid in Tennessee in his last book (too bad he didn't hypnotise George Bush into believing he lost).

    And if so what can you get a chicken to do? bark like a dog? lol
  2. Churkenduse

    Churkenduse Songster

    Jan 1, 2008
    I had to cull a roo but my friend did it for me, I couldn't.

    She hypnotized it since I did not want it to suffer.

    It looked like it was asleep while she plucked his neck feathers........[​IMG]
  3. Bawkadoodledoo

    Bawkadoodledoo Songster

    Jan 4, 2008
    Central MA
    they just lie there like they're dead
  4. bills

    bills Songster

    Jan 4, 2008
    vancouver island
    How do you hypnotise a chicken?[​IMG]

    I recall years ago a friend tucking the head of one of his chickens under it's wing, and it seemed to go to sleep right away. Is this the same thing?
  5. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    I don't think the chicken is actually hypnotized, it is actually in mild shock. Some people flip them over a few times or hold them and spin around fast a few times, or swing them back and forth quickly. Some people do it like a parlor trick and say it was put to sleep or hypnotized. I asked a vet about it when I was a kid, and he told me it wasn't good for them because he believed it was just putting them in mild shock. If you are culling one and doing this to quiet it down, it's probably OK, but I wouldn't do it for any other reason.
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2008
  6. jmk3482

    jmk3482 In the Brooder

    Nov 30, 2007
    Troy, MO
    Okay, I think I can shed a little light on the matter. I am a Certified Hypnotist. No I am not joking. I have had training on hypnotising people to help them stop smoking and lose weight and all of that. So I know all about what hypnosis is and what it isn't. Hypnosis in people is a very relaxed state of mind and body that allows the hypnotist to access the subconcious mind and give the person suggestions for better behavior (like to stop smoking.)

    It is IMPOSSIBLE to hypnotise ANY animal in the traditional sense of what hypnosis is. What people are most likely doing to these chickens and other animals is either putting them in a mild state of shock, dizziness, or confusion.

    There are TONS of videos on about chicken "hypnosis". If you want to see some methods of the process, just go there and search for chicken hypnosis. I can't see a benifit to the chickens for doing this other than to calm it so you can kill it. And in fact, I personally find it to be slightly inhumane to do it for fun because you're doing it for just that, YOUR fun. I'm sure the chicken doesn't think it's fun. I think it's more fun to watch my chicks chase crickets around the yard.

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