My chick "sharpens" it's beak

Sunburnt

In the Brooder
10 Years
Jun 8, 2009
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Has anyone seen this before? It appears to be sharpening it, like you would a knife. I do suspect this BR is a roo - does this appear in roo's?

Just curious.
 

stretchc1

In the Brooder
11 Years
Jul 16, 2008
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My chicks have been spending some time outside during the day in a little enclosure. Yesterday, they found a couple of slugs--the yellow-y/orange-y ones that are super slimey. Each of the lucky hunters played chick keep-away for a while and then managed to eat the slugs. But the darn things were so slimey the chicks had to keep "wiping" their beaks to get the yuck off! I hope this doesn't turn them off of slugs because I have Plenty of those for them to snack on.
 

chickenbottom

Songster
11 Years
Dec 30, 2008
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hollister, florida
mine do it too my rooster and my girls it doesnt mean that its a roo because it does it sometimes they dont like what they are eating and sometimes they have something on it that they dont want on there i guess but i think its normal
 

Debbienmousey

Songster
10 Years
May 26, 2009
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Washington, Georgia, USA
Do you mean he's wiping his beak on the ground?

This is very common, although I mainly see it in my hens, lol. It's like stretchc1 said, they're just wiping their mouths to get stuff off their beaks. Generally after they eat veggies or fruits.
 

swedishfish

Songster
10 Years
Apr 20, 2009
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My chickies will do this all the time. It's totally normal, and I think its really funny and cute
 

shaggy

Songster
10 Years
May 11, 2009
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Orange, Texas
mine got some tomatoes --- they would grab a bite --- wipe their beaks off on the ground and then grab another bite
 

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