How would a chicken like to be petted

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by texas_chick, Feb 27, 2009.

  1. texas_chick

    texas_chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2009
    I just hold the chicks in my hand and gently pet them on the head. But do they really like it?
    Any opinions on how chickens should be petted?
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2009
  2. purr

    purr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2008
    east freetown, ma
    some of mine like their chest scratched and the back of their neck
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    My buff orp likes her wattles tickled.
  4. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    My pullet really likes when I preen her back-neck feathers with my finger. It's like the dog kicking their leg with that impulse, she starts preening the front of herself while I do that back. [​IMG] Such a funny sight.
  5. Ondra's Seramas

    Ondra's Seramas Drowning in Seramas

    Feb 19, 2009
    North Central WA
    One of my roosters will hop on my lap just like a cat to be petted.
  6. Rhett&SarahsMom

    Rhett&SarahsMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2008
    Quote:Most of my girls prefer the same
  7. CK Chickadilly

    CK Chickadilly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2008
    West Michigan
    I have a young hen that loves to be held & I pet her back, actually starting at the top of her head & down her back &
    I have a young cockeral that likes it They both snuggle in & close their eyes like it feels heavenly [​IMG]
  8. fargosmom

    fargosmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    Pasadena, CA
    Is it safe to assume they like it if they settle down, tuck their head in and are still and quiet? One of mine does this so I've been assuming she's happy. . .
  9. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    Quote:My roosters liked this, too. They liked to have their wattles rubbed and liked to be petted down the backs of their necks on their hackle feathers.
  10. estpr13

    estpr13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2008
    Lexington, Ky
    I do the wattles and stroke their breast and legs. If I reach to their heads they tend to duck as if I were another chicken wanting to peck them. So I stay away from putting my hand over their heads if I can. Sometimes I can do the comb if they are calm and I have been petting them for a while.

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