why do chickens rub their face on the ground?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by flyppr2002, May 1, 2011.

  1. flyppr2002

    flyppr2002 New Egg

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    My Rhode Island Red died today and right before he did he was rubbing his face on the ground. I wonder if this was a symptom. He'd been acting quiet lately, hasn't been crowing for a couple weeks and just fell over and died.
     
  2. La Mike

    La Mike (Always Slightly Off)

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    Cant say I could give you a definate but it sounds like he had an issue . Unless they are dustin they generally dont rub their face on the ground.

    Sorry for your loss.
     
  3. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Had you checked him for mites or lice. If they get too bad they can kill them and they could be shaking their heads or rubbing them to help with the itchiing.
    sharon
     
  4. dbounds10

    dbounds10 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dont know if this is the same but, everytime mine eat, they wipe their beaks on the ground like wiping their faces.
     
  5. Kathleen1115

    Kathleen1115 Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine wipe their faces on the ground when they've been eating, especially when I give them yogurt.
     
  6. alhanse77

    alhanse77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is a behavior called bill-wipe that most birds do to clean their beaks. Wild birds wipe their bills on tree branches.
     
  7. Snegurochka

    Snegurochka Out Of The Brooder

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    Maybe he had a cold and was wiping his nose. I wouldn't necessarily say it was a symptom of whatever he had (unless it was his head he was rubbing and not his beak).
     
  8. chickened

    chickened Overrun With Chickens

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    He was most likely cleaning his bill of who knows what maybe a discharge I mean could be anything that he did not want on his bill. It is normal sick or not sick.
     

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