Forget hugging a chicken
It’s sort of impossible to catch them!
Jokes aside, question is – Do chickens like hugs?
I think it’s important to understand that not all chickens are the same
Some chickens will allow you to pick them up and handle them – gently of course
Others won’t let you touch them let alone hold them!
Hugging a chicken is tricky
They are soft and I’m sure it’s not something they would enjoy
Yes, you can pet them and maybe hold them
But hugging them may take it a bit too far
Is It Okay To Hug a Chicken?
This really depends on your chicken
It even depends on the breed too
Your chicken may love to be picked up
Whereas the other chickens simply won’t allow it
Personally, it’s best to not hug your chicken
I mean yes they are cuddly and soft but I don’t think they would enjoy being hugged
They’re not cats or dogs
It would be best to just stick with petting them and stroking them
If your chicken does like hugs then maybe just a short one and not too long
You know how much your chicken will tolerate more than anyone else
Remember, every chicken is different
Do Chickens Like To Cuddle?
This again depends on the breed and personality of your chickens
Some chickens would love to sit on your lap
Others won’t come near you
It’s best to let them be
Yes, if you need to administer medication you may need to cuddle them, where they got no choice but to cuddle
But a chicken that likes to cuddle can be rare especially a chicken that would love to cuddle for a long time
Do Chickens Show Affection To Humans?
Yes they do!
Chickens do show affection to humans
They are signs you can look out for to see if your chicken is showing you some love
Here’s some cute signs your chicken is showing you affection
Following You Everywhere
If you notice your chickens following you everywhere, this can usually be taken as a sign they want food!
But this is not always the case
You may notice your chickens following you even if you’re just walking along the chicken coop fence
You can take this as a sign your chicken loves you!
Rub Their Beaks On You Or Jumps On Your Lap
Some chicken owners say their chickens love rubbing their beaks on your face, neck, face or legs
Obviously if you’re squatting down so your chicks can reach you
Other chicken parents have said their chickens love rucking their head under the hair when they bent down to give a little cuddle
Screams At You Or Tries To Get Under Your Feet
Have you ever noticed your chicken screaming at you
No they’re not always demanding food!
It’s their way of communicating with you what they’re feeling
Lays An Egg On Your Lap
If your chicken lays an egg on your lap you can think of this as sign of trust!
They Bring You Gifts
Some chicken parents have said their chickens bring their gifts!
What gifts did they bring?
I’ll let you imagine what they can carry in their beaks!
Can I Kiss My Chicken?
You shouldn’t kiss your chickens because this can spread diseases such as salmonella
Which is why it’s also important to note you shouldn’t snuggle with your chickens too
What Kinds Of Chickens Like To Be Held?
Have you heard of the Silkie chicken?
They are very fluffy and pretty much the cuddliest chickens out there!
They are very calm and friendly
They love treating humans as part of their flock which makes them the friendliest chicken breed for pets
Here’s a list of 18 friendliest chicken breeds
- Silkie Chicken
- Plymouth Rock Chicken
- Speckled Sussex Chicken
- Buff Orpington Chicken
- Rhode Island Red Chicken
- Cochin Chicken
- Wyandotte Chicken
- Australorp Chicken
- Easter Egger Chicken
- Faverolle Chicken
- Jersey Giant Chicken
- Brahma Chicken
- White Leghorn Chicken
- Polish chicken
- Star Chicken
- Barbu D’Uccles Chicken
- Sultan Chicken
- Sebright Chicken
There you have it
18 friendly chickens!
I mentioned the Jersey giant and the Brahma Chicken
They are very big chickens!
I have written a very in-depth article talking about the differences between the two and I think you would find it interesting so do have a read
Some chicken breeds may like hugs whereas others won’t let you go near them
All chickens have different personalities
You can pet chickens but hugging them is a different thing
I don’t think they would appreciate a hug or maybe just a small one
You know your chickens better than anyone
You can make the judgement whether they like hugs or just to be petted