Why are they doing this thing that I evidently don't have a word for?

Huskeriowa

Chirping
9 Years
Dec 19, 2010
208
2
99
Iowa
My Coop
Hi all,

I have searched this site and googled trying to get an answer but evidently I don't know what phrase to use to get the answer. Why do my 2.5 month olds go up to something wood or a leg or whatever and wipe their beaks all over it? I cant figure out if it is some kind of sharpening effort (which I doubt) or some kind of grooming and cleaning method or is it some kind of food finding maneuverer?

Just curious, thanks
 
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Huskeriowa

Chirping
9 Years
Dec 19, 2010
208
2
99
Iowa
My Coop
Thanks for the response. Its interesting that an animal that will poop in the midst of walking would care if its beak is clean but i am glad to know that now:) Thanks
 

pinkwindsong

Songster
8 Years
Mar 18, 2011
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Laurens SC
if one of mine doesnt wipe off her beak quickly enough the others a happy to help her clean her face hahha.. they usually clean their beaks off pretty quick
)O(
Pink
 

Judy

Crowing
Premium Feather Member
10 Years
Feb 5, 2009
34,024
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South Georgia
I suspect it's also a sharpening process, kind of like keeping your nails trimmed. They will do it after they eat, much as a cat will clean their face.
 

welasharon

Crowing
9 Years
Jun 28, 2010
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256
North Florida
Yes. I have mine on sand so I put some bricks in here and there and they will rub their beaks on them. My showgirl's beak was forked at the end and since I put the bricks in he has sanded it down to normal.
sharon
 

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