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Why and how do chickens purr?

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My Rhode Island White went broody recently, but fortunately got bored and cold (it's a chilly winter in Australia this year, believe it or not!).  So she's stopped huffing and puffing, and singing to her imaginary chicks to come and eat.  NOW she purrs.  Yes, purrs, very much like a cat, whenever she is hanging out with the others.  Does this mean she is happy, like when a cat purrs?

Does anyone else have chickens that make surprising noises?

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I have some tame chickens who talk to me and they make a small whistle-like peep sound back to me when I talk. It's their happy noise

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Yes, mine "purr."  I've only heard it though when they're kind of snuggled down, either on the roost, or just taking a rest out in the grass.  Like a cat, I've always associated it with times of contentment smile  It's such as sweet sound.  I've only heard the females make the sound, not my cockerels or roos.

Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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I have some tame chickens who talk to me and they make a small whistle-like peep sound back to me when I talk. It's their happy noise


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yup, i do. I have a video on You Tube of it. It is just the most precious thing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5677zOCAa4

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I looked at all the caged animals in the barn...the cast-offs of human society. I saw in their eyes love and hope, fear and dread, sadness, and betrayal. And I was angry."God," I said, "this is terrible! Why don't you do something?"God was silent for a moment, and then He spoke softly, "I have done something...I created you."  

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Oh, I am so happy to have seen this thread! Yesterday I was holding my BO hen on my lap. I was stroking her and talking to her. Plus, she was being hand fed some blueberries... She might be a little spoiled. wink Anyway, she made the exact same sound as the chickens in fishnet1971's video! I had no idea what it was about. But it's nice to know she was content. smile

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Originally Posted by fishnet1971 

yup, i do. I have a video on You Tube of it. It is just the most precious thing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5677zOCAa4


That is EXACTLY the sound I am talking about.  I think they can 'teach' it to each other too.  I have a big Isa brown, and a little bantam cochin (best friends would you believe) and the cochin did not purr until she met the Isa.  They sit on the back stoop when it's raining and purrrrrrrr with contentment.  It's the best sound. smile

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Originally Posted by Tina D 

Oh, I am so happy to have seen this thread! Yesterday I was holding my BO hen on my lap. I was stroking her and talking to her. Plus, she was being hand fed some blueberries... She might be a little spoiled. wink Anyway, she made the exact same sound as the chickens in fishnet1971's video! I had no idea what it was about. But it's nice to know she was content. smile


Blueberries huh? It's so nice to have found this forum.  I spoil my hens like crazy too! They make me so happy. wee

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I've always thought I felt & heard my chicks purr! I discounted it as nervousness or some weird bird thing. How neat! I'm so glad I saw this!

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post #10 of 29

My chickens purr audibly when they are content.

Also they will vibrate in your arms like a cat to purr, sometimes without making a sound.

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