Can you interpret chicken sounds?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cackilacky, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. cackilacky

    cackilacky Songster

    Aug 20, 2009
    North Carolina
    Wish I had an audio recording, but my birds (2 in particular) spend a good part of the day making a sound I can only describe as "annoyed." What does it mean when the hens sound all fussy? Sort of like the egg song, but not so happy. What's their deal? These chickens have hit the chicken jackpot!

  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Maybe they want out or at something? Mine kind of make a low grumbling drawn out baaaakkk baaaakkkk sound when they want to be let out.
  3. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    Just give them what they want and they will not hurt you. [​IMG] Sounds like they want something, mine do that when they feel they are being know no watermelon or cooked oatmeal that day...not enough free range time etc etc. Just give in and be done with it.
  4. SurprisingWoman

    SurprisingWoman Songster

    May 27, 2009
    South Weber, UT
    Did you change something recently?

    I have been winterizing my coop and the girls have been very vocal about the changes.

    Give them cheese, that's always a winner.
  5. urban dreamer

    urban dreamer Songster

    Sep 28, 2009
    Sherwood, AR
    Over that last two months I've had chickens I have been learning "chicken speak". My girls make that same sound when they want my attention or they are not happy about something. I'll bring out a handfull of cherios and they make this "feed me! feed me!" noise and got back to annyoing when I stop. Neither one of my hens sing the egg song. But my queen hen is very vocal about her demands and her disapproval when momma brought home two new hens and stopped paying attention to her. [​IMG] Chatty little buggers aren't they?

  6. cackilacky

    cackilacky Songster

    Aug 20, 2009
    North Carolina
    Yes, I think some of it is that they are feeling entitled and I am just not living up to my end of the bargain. [​IMG] We're experiencing the remnants of Hurricane Ida right now, so they have been cooped up quite a bit. They want to range, but they can't in this storm. I will put on my rain gear and go throw some treats in there. Never tried cheese before, think I'll do that. Glad to hear my chickens aren't the only whiners!
  7. Country Heart

    Country Heart City Girl With A

    I think it's great that the girls are never shy about expressing themselves - now we just need to learn how to interpret their never ending dialog. [​IMG]
  8. kimboolah

    kimboolah Songster

    I work nights and go to school during the day, so more often then not, my husband and child get the daily chicken duties like feeding and watering. When I finally get out there, they all pile up to the gate and talk to me like urban chickens, "girl, where have you been? We have been stuck in this pen for two days! Girrrrrrrrrrl, you better undo that gate! Girrrrrrrrrl you better find us some treats!". It's hilarious.
  9. joedie

    joedie Songster

    Mar 17, 2009
    SW Indiana
    Sometimes they make a certain noise that makes me think I'm watching Jurrasic Park. It's a bit unnerving.[​IMG]

  10. cackilacky

    cackilacky Songster

    Aug 20, 2009
    North Carolina
    Yes, as I said on the thread about how our chickens amuse us, sometimes I can't help but think of them as little dinosaurs!

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