Are chickens capable of affection?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Puffy Leather Doughnut, Apr 22, 2008.

  1. Puffy Leather Doughnut

    Puffy Leather Doughnut Hatching

    Apr 22, 2008
    Because I swear mine just love me.
    Am I crazy?
  2. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    No, you're not crazy (I think). I don't know if it's scientifically proven, but I swear my chickens think I'm their long-lost sister and [​IMG] me as one... annoying pranks and all. [​IMG]
  3. When I 1st got my young pullets just b4 they molted, the man I got them from grabbed ea 1 by their feet/legs, hung them upside down, their wings flappin, their "womanly" voices ea a different sound, just as women do, in made me realize then and there, they are all individuals, and each has a personality and feelings... so YES!!
    (edited for Elisabeth: No, the one w/spurs did NOT have a manly voice;) LOL
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2008
  4. ChickNLittle

    ChickNLittle Songster

    Mar 22, 2008
    Folkston, Georgia
    I agree! The last hatch (so far) was 4 days ago. I had seven Silkies. Those little babies hear my voice and see me place my hand in their cage and they jump right in my hand. [​IMG]
  5. Puffy Leather Doughnut

    Puffy Leather Doughnut Hatching

    Apr 22, 2008
    Whew! I thought you would all think I was just some crazy old woman.
    I am glad I'm not the only one with friendly bantys.
  6. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Songster

    Oct 11, 2007
    Gervais OR
    My blind Buff Orp will "find" me and stand on my feet until I pick her up. She snuggles right down and makes noises of total happiness when I talk to her. She falls asleep and is so peaceful. I think she loves me. I'm very fond of her too and can't imagine not having her, but she is thin because she can't eat as much as she needs, I hand feed her twice a day, so I think that has formed the bond.
  7. fullhouse

    fullhouse Songster

    Apr 14, 2008
    One loves me, or at least knows who feeds her [​IMG]
  8. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    Oh absolutely!!!! Chickens (when raised being handled) are very affectionate animals!!! You can watch them and see how intelligent they are. Mine desire and seek out my attention.....some will sit on my feet and make me walk with them if I don't immediately pick them up when asked. [​IMG] We have a very mutual love going on here. They also recognize different people. My rooster (who is NOT fond of being held himself) is fine with any of my immediate family picking up and carrying his hens. A stranger tries, however, and he literally runs them out of the yard and won't let them back in. Everyone should experience chicken love, IMO. [​IMG]
  9. coopist

    coopist Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    Midwest U.S.
    Some are really affectionate. Some are not. It depends on the individual bird. But I have seen them follow their owners like pups and look for a chance to hop onto their laps and murmur or "chat." Most people are completely unaware that chickens are capable of this type of pet-like behavior. And they won't believe you if you tell them. Heck, I didn't believe it until I saw it. But seeing is believing. [​IMG]
  10. Puffy Leather Doughnut

    Puffy Leather Doughnut Hatching

    Apr 22, 2008
    I never believed it either.
    Now I do.
    They love me and there's nothing I can do about it.

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