Strange behavior, backing and dragging beak

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by snaffle, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. snaffle

    snaffle Songster

    May 27, 2009
    A young hen that was hatched this summer began a strange behavior when she approached adult hood.
    She would periodically lower her head, almost dragging her beak, without touching the floor with it, walk backwards a few steps. She sometimes does this 3 or 4 times in a row.

    A couple months later, a young rooster, also hatched this summer began doing the same thing, except he actually drags his beak across the floor.

    There is nothing on their beaks.

    any suggestions?

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