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post #21 of 25

I agree also. Mine, when happy, seem to like to flap their wings and cluck softly among themselves. When impatient or grumpy, they'll whine loudly - a very annoying sound and easily recognisable!! They have learned though that when they whine like this I will usually feed them to shut them up. So they do it more often. lol

My chickens: Silva, Peach, Trotsky, and one fat Chirpy which is slow-moving, unfit, doesn't lay eggs and contributes nothing to the activities in the garden. Chirpy presides over the diligent workers and steals the food they get in return for laying eggs. One fears humans may have a large imbalance to fight in the ways of the natural world... Hehehe.
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My chickens: Silva, Peach, Trotsky, and one fat Chirpy which is slow-moving, unfit, doesn't lay eggs and contributes nothing to the activities in the garden. Chirpy presides over the diligent workers and steals the food they get in return for laying eggs. One fears humans may have a large imbalance to fight in the ways of the natural world... Hehehe.
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post #22 of 25

They are so CUTE when they trill!!!!  I love that sound!!!!  They seem to do that when they are cuddling!!!   smile

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They coo, burble and chatter softly when they're happy.  When they're out pecking and scratching they seem happy.

If they feel cold they talk rather loudly before going to bed.

If they go "YIPES!!" or "PEEP_PEEP_SQUEEK" something hurts or is really scary.   It's ~scary~ going into a cage and being MOVED!!!! jumpy 

If they go BAWKBAWK at a time they're NOT laying an egg they're worried about predators or they're wanting to get to a safe roost.


I would agree with this. They tend to be loud (if they aren't laying) and they either want something or are upset. When I go to the run and say "do you girls want to come out and play!?" they all come to the front and skitter back and forth and squawk loudly until I let them out.

When they are happy the description "coo, burble and chatter softly " is perfect. Also, there are times when a couple of my girls will come on my lap and rub their head under my neck/beard and they make a noise called 'trilling' which is a sort of clucky purr. Really cute.

I used to work in an auto parts factory, which is the reason for my handle.  Chickens aren't as heavy, but they're much more entertaining than auto parts!!

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I used to work in an auto parts factory, which is the reason for my handle.  Chickens aren't as heavy, but they're much more entertaining than auto parts!!

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post #23 of 25

I know, the trill is adorable! big_smile
Mine tend to do the trill when they've spotted something alarming or unusual though.
Either that, or I'm invading their personal space when they're laying, they will trill at me too. lol

My chickens: Silva, Peach, Trotsky, and one fat Chirpy which is slow-moving, unfit, doesn't lay eggs and contributes nothing to the activities in the garden. Chirpy presides over the diligent workers and steals the food they get in return for laying eggs. One fears humans may have a large imbalance to fight in the ways of the natural world... Hehehe.
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My chickens: Silva, Peach, Trotsky, and one fat Chirpy which is slow-moving, unfit, doesn't lay eggs and contributes nothing to the activities in the garden. Chirpy presides over the diligent workers and steals the food they get in return for laying eggs. One fears humans may have a large imbalance to fight in the ways of the natural world... Hehehe.
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post #24 of 25

When hens are eating treats they love, they make a "talking with your mouth full" sound, like a "gah" sound.

They purr when happy on the roost.

They smile with their eyes.

They come over and stand next to you.

And more and more!!!!!

Black Australorps, Easter Eggers, Buff Minorcas, and Nankins. 

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” - William Shakespeare
 

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Black Australorps, Easter Eggers, Buff Minorcas, and Nankins. 

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” - William Shakespeare
 

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post #25 of 25

they make a purring sound.

my ameriucana will spend all day chirping and purring like a little song bird.

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