How to Hypnotize a Chicken

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Understand the hypnotic effect.,
Keep the chicken upright or on its side.,
Keep hypnosis short and infrequent.,
Get your chickens used to humans and novelty.,
Watch for signs of stress.

Researchers call this effect “tonic immobility.” When a chicken or another animal with this tendency becomes frightened, its heart rate lowers and it stops moving.This may be an attempt to play dead, discouraging predators that prefer live prey. Unlike an opossum, the chicken gives an unconvincing act, as it continues to blink and breathe in an obvious way., While it’s not uncommon to transport a chicken by its feet, this upside-down hold risks breaking the chicken’s hip.Hypnosis techniques that involve laying a chicken on its back may “succeed” by cutting off its air supply. This can cause the chicken significant discomfort, leading to fainting or even, rarely, death., It’s not completely clear how much stress this hypnosis causes. Even if it does, the chicken shouldn’t suffer as long as you let it go soon afterward. Hours of stress, or regular exposure to stressful situations, can cause serious health problems., Chickens cope with stress better if they are used to contact with humans. Even prolonged eye contact seems to have an effect.Living in stimulating environments with new objects may also help.Hens raise in battery cages stay “hypnotized” longer, possibly because of greater fear., Abnormal feathering, constant preening, or delays in egg-laying are all signs of a stressed chicken.While hypnotizing is unlikely to cause serious harm, any type of stress is more damaging to a chicken in this state.

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