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Why do my hens wipe their beaks?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Florida_girl, Jan 29, 2008.

  1. Florida_girl

    Florida_girl Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 1, 2007
    SW Florida
    I have been wondering why my hens wipe their beaks on the ground? They seem to do it all the time.
  2. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    The ground is there napkin.
  3. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2007
    Gervais OR
    Mine wipe their beaks on my shoes or pant legs. [​IMG]
  4. 6chix

    6chix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2007
    Western Ma
    Uuuuummmm...they don't have hands or napkins?
  5. karmical

    karmical Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 3, 2007
    Honeoye Falls, NY
    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!! [​IMG]
  6. OHChick

    OHChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2007
    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. [​IMG]
  7. Dodgegal79

    Dodgegal79 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 1, 2007
    Princeton BC Canada
    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. [​IMG] (and he's 50 years old).
  8. Ma

    Ma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2007
    Camanche, Iowa
    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.
  9. bantymum

    bantymum Chillin' With My Peeps

    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"
  10. nccatnip

    nccatnip Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2007
    Piedmont area NC
    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!!!!

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