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Is my chicken preening me?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kittykittykitty, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. kittykittykitty

    kittykittykitty Luvin My Chickies

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    Every time I go see them, the run up to me and pull at my clothes. They also like to chew my hair. They gather a few inches then move to the tips. Is it a sign of affection??? Aggression??? Or something else??????
     
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2011
  2. kittykittykitty

    kittykittykitty Luvin My Chickies

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    Anybody????????????????????????????????????
     
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    They want your attention! They are hoping for goodies, maybe a lap to sit on, etc...Remember, all they have are their beaks. So they touch, feel and demand attention with them. [​IMG]
     
  4. kittykittykitty

    kittykittykitty Luvin My Chickies

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    Quote:Really? I always thought that it was something like preening. I stand corrected.
     
  5. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They're hungry. Trying to eat anything that moves.
     
  6. so lucky

    so lucky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The behavior you describe with your hair sounds like preening behavior, like they would do with their own feathers. I used to have a parakeet that would do that. He would even preen my stepdaughter's eyelashes. I would think other birds (chickens) would do preening behaviors on their favorite human, too. [​IMG]
     
  7. michiele

    michiele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I sit on the ground, mine will come up and stand on my legs and pull at all the clothes. I thought they were just testing out the fabric to see if it clothes:) I like the thought that they are loving on me instead:)
     
  8. N&MSchroeder

    N&MSchroeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe it is preening at times, especially when they are sitting on my lap. I notice that they pull bits of weeds/hay out of my hair or off of my clothes if I have been doing yard work, etc. They will casually reach out to pick at a piece or two and then settle in to rest. They are grooming me, just like they groom each other when they are relaxed. Since they have food and water available at all times and free range during the day, they aren't looking for food when they jump up on my lap, they are looking for companionship. This behavior is different from when they are pecking for food or demanding attention. [​IMG]
     

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