What in the world is my chicken doing

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bobbieschicks, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

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    From time to time I notice them scrape their beaks left to right on something. Why do they do that? Is it to clean their beak, leave a scent or show off? Or something else?
     
  2. groundpecker

    groundpecker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When i see my birds doing that, they are cleaning their beak.
     
  3. spicywing

    spicywing Out Of The Brooder

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    I think it also helps in keeping their beaks trim. Almost like we file our nails.
     
  4. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Simply cleaning something off their beaks. They will use what ever is handy, including you.

    My girls love to eat yogurt, then they all come to me and use my pants legs to clean the goop off their beaks.
     
  5. akcharlie1960

    akcharlie1960 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    X2. Cracks me up when they do that.
     
  6. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, mine do that ALL the time, whenever I give them a juicy treat. It's just htem wiping their beaks. Would you like tomato juice all over your mouth! :)
     
  7. FeatherPainter

    FeatherPainter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Of course mine like to wipe their beaks on me when I have clean clothes on!
     
  8. tiny529

    tiny529 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Every type of bird I've ever had has wiped their dirty beak on me. I guess they like to look their best! [​IMG]
     
  9. K-12 Chickens

    K-12 Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's funny when mine wipe their beaks on wood or cement because it sounds like their sharpening a knife! [​IMG]
     
  10. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    All my birds do it when they are eating something rather messy. They do it on me, on each other and on anything they can find that doesn't stick to whatever they are trying to wipe off :rolleyes:

    I think it's cute. My BR Dixie will do it when I offer her a napkin. :lau
     

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