Where to pet a pet chicken??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by marthalazar, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. marthalazar

    marthalazar In the Brooder

    Jun 4, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    I know cats love having their necks scratched and dogs like having their bellies scratched. Is there a particular place that chickens prefer? I keep trying to pet my girls and they always seem to be a bit annoyed.
  2. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Penny liked the back of her head scritched.
    Slifer liked to just be hugged...
    Most of the time, combs and wattles are fine to be gently rubbed.
    On the back a bit too.
  3. Lobzi

    Lobzi Crowing

    Under the beak on the waddles seems to be a good place....Chickie closes her eyes when I rub there. It sort of puts her in a trance.
  4. chickenbike

    chickenbike Songster

    Mine like their ears gently rubbed, while being held. [​IMG]
  5. bkbuz1987

    bkbuz1987 In the Brooder

    Aug 29, 2008
    Mine like it on their breasts and by their ears. They close their eyes and seem to enjoy it. [​IMG]
  6. marthalazar

    marthalazar In the Brooder

    Jun 4, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    Mine have decided that they don't like me. I think I read somewhere that at about 8 weeks old they get a bit skittish. I hope this ends soon because I want some chicken lovin'!
  7. ChickyPooh

    ChickyPooh Songster

    Jun 3, 2008
    South GA
    my silkie likes under the neck.
  8. Gindee77

    Gindee77 Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    QCA, Illinois
    I always pet mine on their chest and down between their legs, under them, on their bellies...not only do they love it, but they get used to you reaching under them to get eggs out of their nests when you do that. Mine always seemed to freak out when I tried to pet their backs, probably think a hawk has them or something!! [​IMG] Of course, now that they're laying, they all squat if I try to pet their backs. [​IMG]

    So far, I've never had one get freaked out when I reach under them to get their eggs. [​IMG]
  9. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap

    I finally got to hold my favorite pullet last night and pet her SO soft feathers and she was very happy about it. Made this really pleasant purring sound with a slight melodic quality to it. Then when I put her down, she turned around apcked me lightly, as if to say "Are you done??"
  10. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    The only bird I had that put up with all the lovin on was Slifer, the most Cantakerous Bag of Feathers that ever beat the snot out of a cat...I could pat her, lug her around and cry on her when the occasion arose.
    Obelisk tolerates it a little.
    Penny was sweet about it, but when she was done she'd jump down.

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