1. chickenGRAFFITI

    chickenGRAFFITI Songster

    Dec 18, 2009
    do my chickens "smack their lips" like they are chewing when they are in my lap and I am petting them? I was just wondering if anyone has some insight to this mystery.
  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

    Jul 16, 2009
    I'm not sure. Mine do it too, though. [​IMG]
  3. Pet Duck Boy

    Pet Duck Boy Songster

    Dec 12, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    Yes! It's a sign of contentness, lots of different birds do it. If you ever had a parakeet or cockatiel you have probably heard that sound they make (It sounds like a finger nail on a rough surface) with their beak when you give them a head rub, or right before they go to sleep.
  4. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member 10 Years

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    I've always thought that smacking lips is a remnant behavior from chickens that see you as "mama" left over from when mama birds fed their young before chickens were chickens.

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