Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by urbanfred, Jul 15, 2007.

  1. urbanfred

    urbanfred In the Brooder

    May 11, 2007
    I'm just curious....what is the reason for the wiping of the beak on the ground? My three girls do this fifty times a day.
    Is it marking turf, like cats do? If so, is there a scent gland involved?
    Is it to sharpen the beak (lordy, I hope not)?
    Is this a silly question?
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Hey, they don't have napkins, so they have to wipe their mouths somewhere, LOL. Seriously, that's all it is. If I give them something like yogurt, they always do that.
  3. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    It's not a silly question! I always thought they were just wiping their mouths. Mine do it a lot after eating watermelon.
  4. Jsto

    Jsto Songster

    Apr 30, 2007
    North Carolina
    Mine love to use me as a napkin. I suppose clothing and even skin work better as a wiper-offer than the dirt! I swear, sometimes they'll hop up on me and I stupidly think they're coming for a bit of a snuggle, but they're just using me!
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    LOL, I get used, too, but anything for my girls!
  6. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Just using us as a convenient napkin...sigh...
    It usually if they've gotten something sticky or goopy.
  7. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Songster

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    they are just doing what my kids do on their shirt sleeves![​IMG][​IMG]
  8. 3peeps

    3peeps Songster

    Jul 4, 2007
    My really intense young Australorp does this all the time, or at least a lot more than the other two. Maybe she (he?) has OCD. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2007
  9. 3peeps

    3peeps Songster

    Jul 4, 2007
    Quote:Or on our shirt sleeves, especially if we're wearing something nice!
  10. annrich

    annrich Songster

    May 27, 2007
    Western NY
    Yup just looking for a napkin!! My 5 week old BO used my big toe to clean her beak. I just had a pedicure too.

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