all chickens scratch for food. but have you noticed any difference between different kind of scratches? my rooster used to do this, and now my dominant female does......sort of an x scratch that is not for food, but seems more symbolic somehow. it's done on bare dirt. i also wondered if it was sharpening its beak. it reminds me of sharpening a knife somehow the way it's done. so, do you know what i'm talking about? if so, do all your birds do this? just some?