Do chickens tuck their head under the wing at night?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by vermontgal, Dec 8, 2008.

  1. vermontgal

    vermontgal Chillin' With My Peeps

    EDITED - to MOVE TO CHICKEN BEHAVIORS section. (sorry!)
     
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  2. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    Not really... it's more like tucking their head between the shoulder and the spine. Wings are kept close to the body to help keep their natural body heat from escaping.
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    And usually, roosters dont do this, probably partly because of the larger combs.
     
  4. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, they do. The ducks and geese do as well, except of course for the "sentries".
     
  5. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Some of mine do and some don't.

    The Cornish crosses seem to do it more than any of my
    other breeds.
     
  6. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    My girls don't seem to. I've seen my BSL do it a couple of times but it's not frequent.
     
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    When I visit my coop at night I don't see any heads, just bodies. They don't tuck their heads under their wings, they tuck them under their roost mate's wings. Silly birds!
     
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  8. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    I like it better when they tuck heads under tails and butt fluff (I have multiple roosts in some of my coops/pens). [​IMG]
     
  9. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    im afraid to go in the coop at night,, i might wake the "security guard",, and he just flies at ya talons out if you open that door at night [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  10. ella

    ella Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's a common misconception that they tuck it under their wing actually they rest it over the top. Sort of on the shoulder. Like Chickngurl said.

    Look closely next time you see one doing it. It's cool. [​IMG]
     

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