I just discovered something interesting :o!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by GanjaXD, Jan 2, 2009.

  1. GanjaXD

    GanjaXD Out Of The Brooder

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    Ya' know how when chicken feathers are growing, and usually in the middle of growing feathers there is this weird residue in the shape of a tube that sticks around the growing feather (much like bark on a tree)? Well I found out that if you calm down a chicken enough to sit it down in your lap, then use your fingers to gently, calmly, and gingerly pull the residue off some feathers, the chickens really enjoy the "grooming". Much like apes do [​IMG]! How interesting is that?

    My silky roo also loves to cuddle with me. What a mommys boy :3. Just thought I'd throw that in there.. but don't tell him I told you :O! It would embarass him something awful!...
     
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  2. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Tropical birds like that too
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Chickens like being preened, especially a top their heads where they can't reach!
     
  4. GanjaXD

    GanjaXD Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I know that chickens love being preened, but I didn't know that they enjoy humans preenin' their feathers for them :>. That's just flat out neat [​IMG].
     
  5. CarlaRiggs

    CarlaRiggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well.... I'll be darned! [​IMG]

    Carla
     
  6. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    yep i've done that before to my youngsters esp. Only loose ones ofcourse
     
  7. #1California Chick

    #1California Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is really cool!!
     
  8. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    yup..all birds love to be scratched on top of their head!....[​IMG]....
     
  9. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    LOL need to do some grooming here I need to groom my white chickens all of them are molting. It looks like a feathery pillow. I need to go get pull some of those feather sheaths of all the white girls are bald and the high for the last 8 days has been 35 [​IMG]
     
  10. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ahhhhhhh very interesting..
    maybe if I scratch my roo more
    often he wont be so cranky.LOL
     

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