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

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Huskeriowa, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. Huskeriowa

    Huskeriowa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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
     
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2011
  2. <3ChickenForever

    <3ChickenForever Fire Is Catching

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    They just clean there beaks off from whatever is left behind after they eat.
     
  3. flowergirl60

    flowergirl60 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine do it after they eat and sometimes they just walk up to me and do it. Go figure. Chickens are wierd.[​IMG]
     
  4. Huskeriowa

    Huskeriowa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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
     
  5. pinkwindsong

    pinkwindsong Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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
     
  6. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They don't have a napkin!!!
     
  7. kara_leigh

    kara_leigh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine do it also when they taste something that they don't like.
     
  8. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    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.
     
  9. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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
     
  10. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    Quote:Nor fingers or hands to use the napkin. [​IMG]
     

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