We have had parrots for ages, starting with cockatiels and moving on up to many others. Parrots like to be scritched. Scritching means rubbing with thumb and pointer finger just behind the head and ears, it is also appreciated along the jaw bone. We have to be careful not to scritch too far down the body because you can cause some romantic interest with some parrots. Then they love you too much and want to regurgitate their food for you. (I know Too Much Information) But now we have the Delightful Dozen. I am trying to charm them without creating problems. Today, when I had successfully held 4 of my hens, I decided that too many full sized hens wanting to be on my lap could be a problem. But, to the main question, how do chickens like to be scritched/petted?