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The ceremony involves people holding chickens above their heads as they recite two of the Pslams and a short prayer. Following the ceremony the birds are slaughtered and given to the poor.
In modern Judaism many Jews have forsaken the chickens for money which is held over the head in the same way and then donated to charity. This is just as well for the chickens as there has been outcry in recent years over the welfare of birds used in this practice, both in the USA and in Israel.