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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Florida_girl, Jan 29, 2008.
I have been wondering why my hens wipe their beaks on the ground? They seem to do it all the time.
The ground is there napkin.
Mine wipe their beaks on my shoes or pant legs.
Uuuuummmm...they don't have hands or napkins?
Mine wipe their beaks on the ground and my lap too...I've noticed that after they wipe, they eat what was wiped off...especially after their AM oatmeal!!
i always thought it was commentary on the treat i was giving them. mine only seem to do it with stuff they don't like.
My House Chicken does it on anything she can find. She really needs to do it after having a piece of banana. My brother, hes not very bright, thought she was sharpening her beak. I asked why would she need to do that. He couldn't figure out why. (and he's 50 years old).
Just FYI, all birds in nature have this "habit". It is more of a nervous habit that really has no practical reason.
Watch the wild birds in your back yard, you will see them do this very same behavior.
Cause they dont have a toothbrush !!!!
But also if they are in a dirtbath and wipe their beaks to the left and right they are claiming their "digs"
My bantys do it on my shoes after I feed them a messy treat like cottage cheese, yougurt or oatmeal. They just don't like messy faces!!!!