A friend and I always heard stories of hypnotizing chickens, and once we decided to experiment on his parents rooster. We went the "hold head and draw X's"route. It did indeed hypnotize the rooster, but when it had not snapped out of it 10 minutes later, we were panicking. We were rolling the thing over, throwing it up in the air (we had to catch it, it was lost in La-La-land and did not try and stop its descent), and tossing it back and forth between us. Finally around the 12 minute mark, it woke up and ran off, much to our relief.