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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

    Jul 5, 2011
    an egg
    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

    Jul 5, 2011
    an egg
  3. TwoCrows

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

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    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

    Jul 5, 2011
    an egg
    Quote:Really? I always thought that it was something like preening. I stand corrected.
  5. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    the edge of insanity
    They're hungry. Trying to eat anything that moves.
  6. so lucky

    so lucky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2011
    SE Missouri
    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

    Jun 29, 2011
    Broken Arrow, OK
    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

    Feb 4, 2011
    SE Idaho
    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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