Can you make your chicken lay on it's back and stay there?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by weesy68, Sep 21, 2009.

  1. weesy68

    weesy68 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2009
    Stratford CT
    My daughter saw a recent article in the Connecticut Post about a kid that charms his chickens into laying on their backs, and staying put. We picked up two new silkies yesterday, and she already got one to do it several times, it's such a cute trick. I added a not very good photo I snapped quickly before she jumped back up.[​IMG]
  2. MHG

    MHG Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 25, 2009
  3. K8tieCat

    K8tieCat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    Northern California
    My full grown girls do that when I cuddle them in one arm and rub their tummy. Interesting phenomena.
  4. nelli21

    nelli21 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 14, 2009
    I want to try that now![​IMG]
  5. WilczenskiFarm

    WilczenskiFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2009
    Pembroke, MA
    So is there a trick to it, or do you just go for it while rubbing the tummy?
  6. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I thought my EE (very flighty) had bumblefoot a few days ago. When I caught her and turned her over to look at her foot, she went limp, stayed that way till I turned her back.

    Imp- And no bumblefoot (it was a geranium petal. Lol)
  7. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    My chickens do that [​IMG]
  8. Hoosiermomma

    Hoosiermomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    S.E Ind
    My 3 oegb roos do that. [​IMG]
  9. kimboolah

    kimboolah Chillin' With My Peeps

    My 10 year old son is second in charge of our mixed flock of hens. He takes them, flips them upside down and places them on his head--with their feet in the air! Looks like he has a feathered turban on his head with two chicken feet sticking straight up! It's hilarious, but I do try to discourage him--but really, it's soooo hilarious looking. They stay completely limp the whole time until he reaches up and flips them back over. I don't know why he ever thought to do that......
  10. 2DogsFarm

    2DogsFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    NW Indiana
    My DH showed me that trick a long time ago.
    How he knew about it is a mystery, since he was a City Boy from Day One.

    You lay your chicken down on its back, then draw a line with your finger from their eye to a place on the ground about a foot away.
    Chicken will stay in place, "hypnotized".

    I think it has something to do with the way they see things.

    I haven't tried it on my girls as it seems unfair now that I know them as personalities.
    Anthropomorphize much? [​IMG][​IMG]

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