has anyone or does anyone else massage their chickens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by vclark321, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. vclark321

    vclark321 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was reading a book about farming & in one section it discussed chickens. They group said when the hens do the squat hoping you just might be a rooster, when you give them a nice back scratch it helps to relx them, making the egg laying process easier. Is this something you find to be true? Does anyone else tickle their chickens? (Giggle) I am the chicken tickler!
     
  2. linben

    linben Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always rub their back if they squat in front of me.
     
  3. Capvin

    Capvin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine seem to like it when I rub the area around their crop. If I start with on the others will come around and wait for me to rub them also. I am not sure if it is true for all, but our chickens like to be touched.
     
  4. dantodd

    dantodd Out Of The Brooder

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    yep. If they squat I'll give them some attention. But the other day my #3 (of 5) hen did that and while I was scratching her back a dominant chicken starting going after #3's comb. I whacked the dominant hen but they apparently do like to control who gets attention and when.
     
  5. vclark321

    vclark321 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that is so funny! My dominant girl did that very same thing! Came right on over & started nipping at the comb! A chickens version of pulling hair? I gave her a smack & sent her running! Crazy girls!
     

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