At what age do hens quit chirping like babies and start boking?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by WyoChickenMamma, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. WyoChickenMamma

    WyoChickenMamma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just curious. I have some pullets that seem to never make a sound, some that do the bok, bok ba Gock thing and a few that are still chirping like little babies, even though they were supposedly hatched in March. Just seems they should be growing out of the baby bird chirp.
     
  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Around 8-9 weeks, in my experience.
     
  3. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    Mine started around 12 weeks, and it was more of a suprised noise when I picked one up. They now cluck, mumble, and 'growl' like big chickens! Not gonna lie, I like their adult voices better than their baby ones!
     
  4. RedDrgn

    RedDrgn Anachronistic Anomaly

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    I've been wondering about that, too....so good to know! I think I will miss their chirps and trills, though.
     
  5. WyoChickenMamma

    WyoChickenMamma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmmm...well that is interesting, I have several that I bought about a week and a half ago that are still chirping. She told me they were all 17-19 weeks old and were hatched in March. I have been feeding them layer feed. Is there a way to tell by looking at them? Perhaps they have just not found their voice???? [​IMG] Here are two pics of some that still chirp.

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  6. mommissan

    mommissan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 13 week old BR rooster with a HUGE comb and wattles, and he still chirps like a chick. It seems like as long as we treat him like a chick (bringing treats to him by hand) he continues to chirp. He also has developed a deep duck-like clucking noise. I'm curious too.[​IMG]
     
  7. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    11-12 weeks of age. [​IMG]
     
  8. HHandbasket

    HHandbasket The Chickeneer

    Some of ours have started clucking/bocking around 4 months, others don't start until much later.
     
  9. sherylreno

    sherylreno Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry, they're not machines so you won't know when it happens until all of a sudden you don't hear it anymore and then you'll miss hearing it. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2011
  10. WyoChickenMamma

    WyoChickenMamma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really don't mind the chirping, I think it is sweet, but I am most worried about not feeding them the appropriate feed. I have been feeding them layer pellets.
     

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