- The Finger Twirl - Lay the chicken on its back and twirl your finger around its nose. (My chickens are too smart for this.)
- The Finger Strike - Lay the chicken on its side or back, put its head to the ground and draw a line in the dirt from the tip of their nose straight out. (Probably your best bet)
- Go to Sleep - Flip them on their back and see if they relax and go into a trance (If you can get them to stop squirming)
- Rock-A-Bye Baby - Hold the chicken right side up, place its head under its wing and rock it back and forth about 20 times. (This is according to an 8 year old boy who I watched do this on youtube - it looked cruel so I didn't try it.)
- The Chin Stroke - Lay the chicken on its side and stroke its chin until it stops moving. (This takes a little longer.)
- Pet it to Sleep - Lay the chicken on its side, hold its head to the ground and pet it to sleep. (This does not work, I tried it)
I performed the Finger Strike on Littlefoot. She laid there for about 10 seconds and acted confused... like "what am I doing here?" I would put the video up, but Blogspot won't let me. Ever since the attempted hypnosis she's been acting like a crazed chicken. She runs back and forth, side to side, over chickens, under chickens, inside the coop, outside the coop. I think I have caused this bird some serious mental distress. I am distraught about it. On the other hand, I tried the Chin Stroke on Scramble and she seems to be doing just fine. She also seemed to wonder what the heck I was doing, but it hasn't seemed to have affected her. I will let you know if Littlefoot calms down. So much for my dreams of her being a show chicken at the fair. No one wants a crazy hen.