I watched a show on nat. geo. or something where you lie a chicken of their back, head to the ground, drag your finger on the ground from the tip of the beak, slowly outward for about a foot. they watch your finger and go into a trance. you can leave them that way for a while and they snap out of it. it's a defense tactic in all birds so that hawks etc think they're dead and won't attack. my daughter tried it yesturday (on a very friendly and calm hen) and it worked! we now call her the chicken whisperer and she loves the attention!! The show also showed aligators or was it croc if they are on their backs if you rub under their chins (?) they won't move either!! NOT RECOMMENDED TO TRY!! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!