Where do chickens like to be pet?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mockcherry, Apr 20, 2010.

  1. mockcherry

    mockcherry Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 18, 2010
    I tried searching but pet is not a great word to search on so I apologize if this has been posted before. That is assuming they like to be pet. When you're holding them, what gives thema pleasant feeling, lightly rubbing the comb? Under the neck, back of the neck? On the beak. I had a lovebird who liked being pet on the nose. Just curious. Thanks!
  2. St-Hubert

    St-Hubert Chicken Convert

    Apr 6, 2010
    Anniston, AL
    Our three like to be lightly petted along the back, 'scritched' near the tail feathers, and also on the breast area. We have found they sometimes like to be petted on the neck, but not all the time. Petting the head seems to have a varied reaction.
    To clarify, the three we have are about a month and a bit old. We also have two ten-day old Welsummers that are just getting used to being handled more often. So far, they seem to like the petting on the back.
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  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Some of my hens like a soft, gently stroke down their backs. Other like to be scritched gently just under the breast.
  4. Jess N Jeff

    Jess N Jeff Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 25, 2009
    South San Diego, Cali
    I have an Australorp hen about 1 year old now...she LOVES her legs massaged. She will jump into my lap and scream at me until I massage them. She will even lift her foot so I can rub her little black toes. Freakn spoiled bird.
  5. Boo-Boo's Mama

    Boo-Boo's Mama Chillin' With My Peeps


    My 4 wo chicks seem to like to be held close while I whisper to them...they respond with low peeps. The 2 wo chicks scream if I put my hand in their brooder...still working on them [​IMG] . Some of the 6 day old chicks climb into my hand and love to be held close while I talk to them...they also make lil noises back to me.

    So far none really have shown a need to be 'petted' like you would a dog or cat or bunny. Our bunnies love to have their faces rubbed...so does one of my cats...to each his own. You will figure out what pleases them...good luck.

    Last edited: Apr 20, 2010
  6. mockcherry

    mockcherry Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 18, 2010
    I'm sure they have no need to be petted however, I clearly have a need to pet. LMAO about the leg massages. Thanks!
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  7. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    Quote:Agreed. I would love to be able to pet mine for both their and my enjoyment, but even though I'm very slow and gentle, it just un-nerves them.
  8. key west chick

    key west chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2008
    Gainesville, GA
    I play with my roos wattles and rub between them. He seems to enjoy it. Closes his eyes and nearly goes to sleep.
  9. Sweet Violet

    Sweet Violet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 9, 2010
    Vista CA
    I have two broody standard cochins and they both love to have me sroke their backs. they just seem to relax, close their eyes and doze off.
  10. chickerdoodle

    chickerdoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2009
    Quote:Well who doesn't like a good foot rub?

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