Though not actually hypnosis, chickens can be put into a trance using several methods, such as laying her on her back and drawing a line on the ground or running one’s finger from her wattle to hind end.

Typically, the chicken will stay immobile for up to 30 minutes. Experts posit that it is a throwback way for them to deal with danger, like an opossum playing dead. Watch this hen get hypnotized.