Pullet wiping off face

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by barredrockgrl, May 21, 2010.

  1. barredrockgrl

    barredrockgrl In the Brooder

    Apr 25, 2010
    My little Buff Orp pullet, Lizzy, has developed a strange habit. She is the friendliest of the bunch and the first to run over for treat time in the evenings. What she'll usually do is grab the fruit (mostly grapes) and get chased around the run by the other 11 week olds. After she slurps it down she'll then wipe her beak back and forth on the blades of grass. I assumed it was because she didn't like the sticky juice on her face.
    Today I brought them crickets. I knew she would enjoy them the most since she has been a bug catcher extraordinaire since the first day we brought her home. She grabbed as many as she could, and when she was done, you guessed it, she wiped off her face. I only find it odd because she's the only one that does this. Do any of you have hens that wipe off their beaks after eating?
  2. bambi

    bambi Songster

    Apr 7, 2010
    I don't have very many chickens just 8 but that being said all of my chickens wipe off their beaks after eating
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I only have five, and yes, they'll all wipe their beaks off after eating...lol. Your others will eventually too. It may not be after EVERY snack, but they will do it. [​IMG]
  4. slickchik

    slickchik Songster

    Mar 27, 2008
    Southern California
    ALL my chickens wipe their beaks... it is the polite thing to do afterall [​IMG]

    They usually wipe their beaks on me when I go out there to visit.
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    All the chickens wipe their beaks at some time or another.

    Just watch out for roosters wiping beaks back and forth obsessively, to sharpen 'em. (Just kidding.)
  6. They all wipe their beaks. Nothing to worry about.

  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    All my hens wipe their beaks after eating, especially if it's something that sticks to their beaks.
    I bring my roo in the house every evening to treat his foot ailment. After we're done with the doctoring he gets a handful of cat food as his reward for being a such a good boy. After he finishes the cat food I hold out my wrist for him and yep, he wipes his beak across it every time. [​IMG]
  8. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    My hens use lemon scented moist towelettes.

    Imp- warmed of course. [​IMG]
  9. ChksontheRun

    ChksontheRun Songster

    Mar 18, 2010
    Central Virginia
    After a lovely snack of kiwi, mine like to wipe their beaks on my jeans. It truly is the polite thing to do for any well raised chicken [​IMG] [​IMG]
  10. ourlittleflock

    ourlittleflock Songster

    May 28, 2009
    North Carolina
    manner, manners my chickens have them - sometimes better than my two boys [​IMG]

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