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post #1 of 16
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This is funny. I had a hen that crowed for a while but she settled down after she became the dominant hen. Now one of my younger girls has decided to have a go at crowing but manages only a squeak. She also squeals with excitment when I go out to feed them. Scared me the first time I heard it, sounds like a child shreiking.

I didn't realise hens made so many different sounds. My best layer makes excited chuch chuck sounds as she dashes off to the nest in the morning (no she won't lay in the box, but under a bush that she chose) then she sits there growling and chirruping until the job is done, then she does the egg song for around 10 minutes..

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post #2 of 16

LMAO that's too funny! I have a squeeker too. Our SLW is teetering right on the edge of mute. Our Black Star just never shuts up all day long lol.

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post #3 of 16

You know, now that I think about it, I don't think I've ever heard a sound out of my SLW.  Of course I'm not around when she lays.

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post #4 of 16

Aren't they entertaining?!!!!  My SLW is very quiet, RIR gets left behind constantly - looks up and calls (loudly) for someone to rescue her, my BO honks loudly - like a goose, and my Black Star sings to me when she sees me coming...sort of a long, sustained sentence with the tone going up at the end, like a question...soooooo adorable.  who knew?  my RIR is the only one that does the egg song...and she's not shy about it either!love

Mom to one son, one grandson, one rescued dog (Molly) and one each BO(Glinda), SLW (Madame Morrible), RIR (Nessarose - RIP Nessa), and BSL (Elphaba).  AND two EE's from MPC - Meryl (Streep) and Sissy (Spacek).  AND 12 month old: SS (Mary EggShelley, BR (Elizabeth Barrett BrownEgg and EE (Emily Chickenson)....AND 2 wk-olds (someone help me!!!!!):  SF (Edith Piaf), CM (Coco Chanel), EE (Amelie),...

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Mom to one son, one grandson, one rescued dog (Molly) and one each BO(Glinda), SLW (Madame Morrible), RIR (Nessarose - RIP Nessa), and BSL (Elphaba).  AND two EE's from MPC - Meryl (Streep) and Sissy (Spacek).  AND 12 month old: SS (Mary EggShelley, BR (Elizabeth Barrett BrownEgg and EE (Emily Chickenson)....AND 2 wk-olds (someone help me!!!!!):  SF (Edith Piaf), CM (Coco Chanel), EE (Amelie),...

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post #5 of 16

My Cuckoo Marans sounds like she's honking.  Not like a horn, but sorta like a goose.  But not like the "HAWWWNK" of a goose, more like a low honkish beep.  LOL.   She's very talkative and sometimes her vocalizations sound interogative, like she's asking questions.  My SLW is very silent.  The EE pullet is fairly quiet, but the EE rooster is quite talkative (in addition to crowing, that is).  My black Australorp almost purrs sometimes.  It's a lovely trill sound.

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-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, five Toulouse geese, and four turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, some bunnies and a rescue cat which owns me. Oh. And a house silkie....

Grab some eggs & Join us! 
Great fun, Great Prizes & GREAT friends! 
5th Annual BYC Easter Hatch-a-long!

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post #6 of 16

My SLW and GLW are the quietest of the chickens that I have. One of my EE is a bussy body adn anytime someone is heading to the nesting boxes the entire neighborhood has to know. roll The can make some of the most crazy noises that you would have never thought could come out of a chicken. lol

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1 great hubby, 2 beautiful kids, 2 big dogs, 2 little kitties, ponds, gardens, 7 chickens, 1 pot bellied pig, & 12 muscovies, 3 swedish, and 1 mutt duck! Life is GOOD! Make the best of it!
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post #7 of 16

I had a BO that honked like a goose.  My EE and my welsummers make a trilly sound, like a purr.  My EE also has a sound like a blue jay, usually when she's sees me coming out with treats!

They make LOTS of different sounds, I love listening to them.

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Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.

I have zero chicken willpower.

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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.

I have zero chicken willpower.

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post #8 of 16

It always makes me feel good go down to the coop and the girls are so happy to see me.  I love their chatter.  They are always expecting a treat (whatever the toddler has refused to eat for the day!)  I have one that perches back out of the way while the others are swarming excitedly and she makes a sharp "chuk, chuk" noise.  Another stands at my feet and growls at me impatiently.  They really do have a varied and expressive "vocabulary"!  lol

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post #9 of 16

LOL! My hen sounds like a little old lady, "WHAaaaaaaaaaaaaatttt?"

~ MARIE~, ZOey's nana in COOLville, Ohio
1 rooster(OEGame/Andalusian mix), 1 B.A./OEG hen,1 Black Jersey Giant hen, 1 Black Astralorp hen; 1 - ~White Plymouth Rock "Klucky". 1~Delaware hen.
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~ MARIE~, ZOey's nana in COOLville, Ohio
1 rooster(OEGame/Andalusian mix), 1 B.A./OEG hen,1 Black Jersey Giant hen, 1 Black Astralorp hen; 1 - ~White Plymouth Rock "Klucky". 1~Delaware hen.
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post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by ChookHappy 

Our Black Star just never shuts up all day long lol.


The most talkative breed I have are my Anconas (my daughter calls them "Talkies"), but the next most talkative seem to be my Black Stars.
I like to hear my chicken's talk...


Edited by Bullwinkle - 2/11/10 at 1:01pm
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