Basic chicken behavior question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by playhousechickens, Oct 8, 2009.

  1. playhousechickens

    playhousechickens Out Of The Brooder

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    When ever I go out handing out treats to the girls between bites they rub the sides of their heads on the ground. Just wondering why?
     
  2. goldeneggtees

    goldeneggtees Fluffy Butt Nut

    Mar 11, 2009
    Long Island, NY
    Mine do that too, I think they are just cleaning their beaks off.
     
  3. NJbirdlover

    NJbirdlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I find that it's just like wiping your mouth on your sleeve....they probably have something on there that they don't want there
     
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2009
  4. cnj-tx50

    cnj-tx50 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine "wipe" their mouth when I give them yogurt. Of course the stuff is everywhere, OMG don't let it stay on the beak!!
     
  5. hobbyfarmrookie

    hobbyfarmrookie Chillin' With My Peeps

    I bet if they had arms they would not do that, they would do like children and wipe their mouths on the sleeves or on the bare arm. lol
     
  6. playhousechickens

    playhousechickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Indeed! My son is hopeless when it comes to napkins...Why use one when your sleeve is so much easier?
     
  7. cap1717

    cap1717 6 chooks, 1 slave. . . me!

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    Yup, beak wiping! My dog does it too. . . wipes his muzzle all over the furniture! Thank goodness for washable slipcovers!
     

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