Funny Chicken Behavior

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by RyanAndMeri, Oct 29, 2007.

  1. RyanAndMeri

    RyanAndMeri In the Brooder

    Sep 10, 2007
    My wife and I have 18 two month old buff orpington chickens living in the home while we're finishing up their coop and we've noticed some peculiar behavior. Perhaps some seasoned chickie-vets out there can explain what's going on?

    First we have a chicken that loves ice cream. I had one sitting on my shoulder and my wife gave me a little dish of ice cream and the chicken put her beak in it. She cleaned off her beak (on my shirt, thank you) then went back for seconds! Peck, chomp chomp, wipe wipe... I don't know that it's healthy for her so I moved the ice cream and she squaked at me to put it back. Silly chicken.

    We separated the two youngest and smallest hens since one was getting pecked alot and the other was too afraid to eat, so and put them in a pen just opposite of the other chickens. They're both about 3 weeks behind in age from the other ones. They started growing bigger and really seemed to get on with each other. We have been taking all the chickens out during the warmer days to run around outside but I think the little guys get too tired so when we bring them in they peep non stop until we hold them, then they go to sleep on us.

    Last night was especially bad.. they were peeping and I was in another room on the computer and they both got through the netting on their enclosure and were making their way to my office. They did this twice, the little escape artists. My wife spotted them trying to climb stairs that leads to my office so she brought them to me and put them on my shoulder until they finally calmed down and went to sleep. When I put them back later on in their pen, they started the same behavior. We put them in with the bigger chickens to see if that was the problem, still the same frantic behavior. And these little guys can get loud! So I finally put them on my chest, they went right to sleep. I said to my wife, "I'll be sleeping on the couch it seems."

    I think it's cute as heck but just a tiny bit inconvenient. They only do this when we take them outside for the day. Since they're still young, and they REALLY like their outside time, I think they just get so tired and too worked up to sleep.. or have they imprinted on me as their big dumb warm buddy who gives them treats and is fun to sleep on? I don't know [​IMG]
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Ummm.... I think your chickens are training you instead of the other way 'round...

    Do you have a roost for them in their area? Maybe that's part of it - they like the feeling of roosting when they are on your shoulder. They have the instinct to go high when it's time for sleep.
  3. RyanAndMeri

    RyanAndMeri In the Brooder

    Sep 10, 2007
    Yeah our pets have us trained pretty well. However this little chicky that cries and cries until we get her looks genuinely distressed.
    I think you have a good point about the roost being up high. Right now they're still so little that we haven't put them on a roost (these little chickies are 1 1/2 months old) so we still have them in pine shavings and a lamp for heat overhead. I'll try making a make-shift roost tonight and see how that goes! Still another week before the hutch is done.
  4. chickbea

    chickbea Songster

    Jan 18, 2007
    Buff Orpies are just big lovies, that's all.
    They've decided that you're the one!
  5. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    About the ice cream, chickens are lactose intolerant, I wouldn't continue to feed them ice cream.

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