What does it mean? A kiss?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by echip, Sep 1, 2010.

  1. echip

    echip In the Brooder

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    What does it mean when chickens lightly touch each other's beaks? I've seen it from newly hatched babies to adult chickens. This is not agressive pecking, just the lightest kiss-like touch. ARE they kissing? It does seem to happen with chickens who especially like one another.
     
  2. rcentner

    rcentner Songster

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    I always thought they were picking something off the other ones beak.
     
  3. WhetzelMomma

    WhetzelMomma Songster

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    They are probably preening each other. Preening can be a social activity between chickens, and usually only allowed by chickens that "like" each other or are close to each other in the pecking order.
     

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