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How can you tell if a chicken is happy/upset?

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Dogs wag their tails and cats purr but what exactly is the chicken equivalent? 
How do know if a chicken is happy or even if they are upset?

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Originally Posted by Chocobo 

Dogs wag their tails and cats purr but what exactly is the chicken equivalent? 
How do know if a chicken is happy or even if they are upset?


When mine are upset they usually reply to everything I say with "Fine!"
oh, wait, that's me....

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post #3 of 25

Mine wag their tail feathers.  Looks so cute.big_smile  Me thinks that is a happy thing.

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1 Rhode Island Red Foxy Loxy, I New Hamphire Red (Peeps).  Rest in peace my Henny Penny.  You will never be forgotten.  1 outside kitty (Ivy) and 3 very grown children.

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Well I have an EE that hid in a corner when she was unhappy and I brought her inside.  Then when I put her back outside, she went on a hunger strike until I brought her back in. 

Yes, she is spoiled rotten, but made it pretty clear she was unhappy with her situation/compadres outside.  But probably eating well is one way to tell.  Certainly if they are lounging around dustbathing with the gang, they look happy to me.

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Well, chickens do sort of gripe gripe gripe...BAWK BAWK BAWK......when something bothers them......And they will really have an absolute fit and flap those wings and act crazy if they're REALLY upset.....

Currently keeping a flock of 14 chickens, one rooster and 13 hens.  I have three Easter Eggers, three Golden Buffs, two Marans and six Buff Brahmas.  My hobbies are gardening, chicken keeping, and beekeeping.  I'm married with two sons, a step son and daughter, and two really cute grandkids!
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Currently keeping a flock of 14 chickens, one rooster and 13 hens.  I have three Easter Eggers, three Golden Buffs, two Marans and six Buff Brahmas.  My hobbies are gardening, chicken keeping, and beekeeping.  I'm married with two sons, a step son and daughter, and two really cute grandkids!
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When one of my Buff Orps named Goldie doesn't get outside on time, you will ALWAYS be able to tell she's mad. Much different than her normal, inquiring cluck. wink

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I am a Roman-Catholic Homeschooled Chicken Girl and proud to be one! Proud owner of 1 Easter Egger rooster, 2 Buff Orpington hens, 1 Silver-Laced Wyandotte hen, 1 ISA Brown hen, 3 Cherry Egger hens, 5 Barred Plymouth Rock hens, 1 white Silkie hen, 2 Easter Egger hens,1 Mille Fleur d'Uccle rooster, 1 Porcelain Booted Bantam hen, and 1 spunky Black Star hen!
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post #7 of 25

If they are smiling, they are happy. big_smile

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Friends are the family you make for yourself.
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post #8 of 25

they kinda make a purring noise when they are content, at least mine do!

Do what you love & love what you do. Simplicity is the essence of happiness.
I have O.C.D...Obsessive Chicken Disorder!!!
My little piece of heaven is in the northeast..me & my DH, 1 DD, 1 DS, & owned by 18 chickens ~ 3 Wellies,  2 BO's, 2 GLW's, 2 EE's, 3 Barnies, 2 FBCM, 1 SS, 2 SF & 1 Aussie!  "Member of the Derperella Club-- We're just all goin' round' the rooster, here!"

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Do what you love & love what you do. Simplicity is the essence of happiness.
I have O.C.D...Obsessive Chicken Disorder!!!
My little piece of heaven is in the northeast..me & my DH, 1 DD, 1 DS, & owned by 18 chickens ~ 3 Wellies,  2 BO's, 2 GLW's, 2 EE's, 3 Barnies, 2 FBCM, 1 SS, 2 SF & 1 Aussie!  "Member of the Derperella Club-- We're just all goin' round' the rooster, here!"

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post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by K-12 Chickens 

When one of my Buff Orps named Goldie doesn't get outside on time, you will ALWAYS be able to tell she's mad. Much different than her normal, inquiring cluck. wink


My Orpington, Peaches, Does the SAME thing!!! Lol!

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Mother Hen to: 4 Buff Orpington Hens, 3 Lavender Orpington Hens, 1 Araucana

 

Newest additions: English Orp chickies: 2 Blue 2 Splash  2 Purebred Black Americauna chicks 

 

I am a home-schooled girl who loves to sing (opera), act, swim, and have fun! 

 

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post #10 of 25

I don't have chickens myself, but my neighbor does, and when they're angry they actually growl o_O

My chicken coop is now inhabited by chickens!

 

RIP June the chicken 4/23/13

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My chicken coop is now inhabited by chickens!

 

RIP June the chicken 4/23/13

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