Chicken Rubbing

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ColletteGB, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. ColletteGB

    ColletteGB Out Of The Brooder

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    i have noticed that one of my chickens likes to rub itself into the other chickens , is this affection & normal..Also had my first brown egg from one of my Marans yesterday .Very happy :D
     
  2. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you describe what you mean about the rubbing?
     
  3. ColletteGB

    ColletteGB Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello Beth..one of my hens like to rub & seems like nusle with other hens...just trying to understand them a little more as i am quite new to this..thank you for your reply :)
     
  4. One Chick Two

    One Chick Two Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ColletteGB, Do you mean head nestling, like this? I do think the head rubbing is a sign of affection. They LOVE their roo and give him a lot of grooming too.

    We purchased these OEGB BBR pullets at Point of lay- we didn't know how they were raised, or if they would become friendly to us, at all. After a few days of them acting standoffish toward us, I was secretly disappointed- I am used to very friendly chickens, so I was hoping to win them over. Anyway, one night right before roosting, one of them did this head nestle to my cheek, then cuddled in my long hair, and I was so happy- I realized these girls were just a little shy. Within one week, they were coming to their names, and with hand signals, flying on my head and shoulders when I call them. They are by far our friendliest chickens.
     
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  5. ColletteGB

    ColletteGB Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for your reply..i have only had my chickens for a few weeks .. Its so good to here it is affection..all 5 of them come running to me when i call them and will feed from my hands although we do have a shy one..i would love them to come and sit with me on my garden bench in time..thay are 4yrs old so i hope thay will learn to trust me for some affection :)
     

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