How do chickens show affection for their human flock leader?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Firefighter Chick, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. Firefighter Chick

    Firefighter Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2011
    Southeast Minnesota
    I'm just curious on what they do. Mine wipe their beaks on me and one or two jump up on my and lay down. What do you all have to say on this?
  2. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
    One screams at me, two sneak attack me and the other gets under my feet (pretty sure she learned that from my daughter [​IMG] )
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  3. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    Askew laid her egg in my lap when I came to watch them.
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  4. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010

    I have one of those too! A chicken like that, the daughter has been grown for years. Mine run when they see me to see what I've got to eat. One or two hang around me preening for a while. The rooster tries to give me gifts but the hens come running instead of me. He then looks at me like, dangit. He's only trying to butter me up though. I know I'm not really THAT sexy!
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  5. miriamsfeathered5

    miriamsfeathered5 New Egg

    Oct 2, 2011
    I try to think like a chicken. They don't pat or pet eachother, but they do " hang out" together. I take it as a compliment that they follow me everywhere. I have been studying " Raising Chickens" by Gail Damerow, ( a fantastic book for all kinds of chicken fanciers). There is a chapter about chicken communication. My feathered 5 and I talk; we say " burrrrr", then a soft " cluck, cluck, cluck" in undertones. It seems to reassure them. They are 51/2 months old . No eggs yet. I went to the poultry barn at the local country fair. The chicken man there said they need 14 hours of light per 24 hours. Next month I'll try that as I hear they begin to lay at about 6 months. Loving every minute of time with my Buff Orpingtons! Miriam
  6. pawsplus

    pawsplus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2008
    Middle TN
    Bianco and Audrey (hand-raised) follow me around. If I'm on the other side of the fence they follow me then, too! If I'm in the run they stay on my heels so I have to watch where I'm stepping! They don't esp. want to be petted but they DO wnt to be near me! Svetlana, OTOH, couldn't care less and Clarice openly hates me. I love HER, though! [​IMG]
  7. hmmcc123

    hmmcc123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2011
    University Place, WA
    My BO hugs me!! I bend down outside and call her and she comes running and I pick her up and she rubs her little beak and face on my neck and face. If I have my hair down, she tucks her head under with her neck fully stretched out and give me the best hug!!
  8. hmmcc123

    hmmcc123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2011
    University Place, WA
    Quote:I think it means your chickens love you. [​IMG]
  9. CupOJoe42

    CupOJoe42 CT Chicken Whisperer

    Apr 11, 2011
    My chickens will fly up onto my arms and squat to be petted. Some peep very gently to me and some even purr with their eyes closed. They watch me all the time! I love them!!!
  10. SilkieBantams

    SilkieBantams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2011
    Houston, TX
    Wish my Silkies and Easter Eggers would appreciate me but they don't since they don't come near me. [​IMG]

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