'cleaning' their beaks on the grass -- what is that?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by msjones, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. msjones

    msjones Out Of The Brooder

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    My 8 year-old son wants to know:

    We're noticing our cute girls rubbing their beaks on the grass when they're out and about. What is that all about? Are they just tidying themselves up? Or is there something else?
     
  2. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    Just cleaning their beaks......
     
  3. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    Give them some yogurt and watch them clean! lol.

    Mine will even wipe on the edge of the hardware cloth.

    DD thinks its funny [​IMG]
     
  4. yellowchickensmomma

    yellowchickensmomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wondered this before but got to thinking about it. They sift though there poop with there beeks. Why not have a clean sifter. LOL
     
  5. kikster

    kikster Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine always do this after eating yogurt, lol.. It's too cute!
     
  6. Chickens in Elmwood

    Chickens in Elmwood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup! Yogurt and cottage cheese are the worst...or best. [​IMG]
     
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Chickens don't have hands or napkins. They make do with what they've got.
    When my chickens were little, my jeans happened to be their favorite napkin.
     
  8. mommyof5

    mommyof5 Out Of The Brooder

    Wait until they think you are one of them and wipe on your feet. Mine just hate that sticky spaghetti worm residue.
     
  9. bawkbawkbawk

    bawkbawkbawk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine do it all the time, and yes, especially after yogurt.

    Sometimes I feel so sorry for them that they don't have arms and hands...they look like they could use them. [​IMG]
     
  10. ksct

    ksct Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we have sand in part of the run and when i gave them yogurt of course they're greedy and kicked the sand in it because they had to be the first one to get it...... they cleaned their beaks for quite some time..... but there were a couple i decided to pick up and clean off for them because they had pink (strawberry yogurt) beak tips covered in sand.... it's kind of cute when they clean up. too bad they don't care that they walk in their own poop and have that all over their legs. lol
     

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