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What does it mean when chickens fluff their entire body?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rebecca10782, Jan 31, 2009.

  1. rebecca10782

    rebecca10782 Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    My hens do this a lot. They will shake and then every feather will be standing up. It seems like they are annoyed, cats do this when they are scared and want to look tough.
  2. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    Chickens and other birds do that for warmth. The fluffing and puffing out traps air in the feathers and that helps them retain heat.
  3. jforsness

    jforsness Songster

    Dec 28, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    My 3 B's do that just to shake out the cobwebs [​IMG]
  4. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Mine do that if I have been holding them and they didn't want me to. [​IMG]
  5. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    That they're COLD!
  6. sandypaws

    sandypaws Songster

    Nov 12, 2008
    desert of calif
    many meanings......
    if they just shake and fluff out and then go back to normal,, they are just fluffing and adjusting... like when they stand up after a dirt bath, shake of xtra dirt,, then return to eating or scratching.. all normal

    if they fluff out, and STAY fluffed out,, and shake... they are COLD...
    if they fluff out, and stay fluffed out,, and sit quietly they usually are SICK..
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  7. rebecca10782

    rebecca10782 Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    A few of mine that hate being held will do it every time I hold them. So I am sure it is anger then. But they often do it randomly when they are running around.
  8. buckeye lady

    buckeye lady Songster

    Sep 29, 2008
    Rootstown Ohio
    Means they're irritated. Remember the saying-
    "don't get you feathers ruffled"
  9. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    There are three kinds of fluffs. The first is a shake followed by a fluff.
    That is normal and indicates comfort, amost like us stretching.

    The second is the fluffed up feathers while roosting that helps them
    preserve heat.

    The third is the "feathers up" fluff. That is a sign of aggression.

    A scared bird will not fluff. Fluffed feathers are easy to grab onto.

    My birds, chickens, turkeys, quail, and Conyer fluff all the time.
  10. Sissy

    Sissy Songster

    Jul 18, 2007
    Sevier county, Tn.
    And here I thought they
    were just doing the chicken dance,

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