Chick makes clicking sounds with his beak, what does this mean?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by portraitiste, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. portraitiste

    portraitiste New Egg

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    I have a 4 day old Rhode Island Red rooster chick, bred by my boyfriend and given to me as a gift to rear as my pet.

    I've noticed that when I pick him up and hold him in my hand, he settles down, shuts his eyes and will cheep calmly. But he also makes clicking noises with his beak (by opening and closing his beak quickly, it's definitely not coming from his respiratory system.)

    I just wanted to know if anyone could tell me what the clicking noises mean? Is it a behavioural thing - portraying happiness (like my hares will 'purr' when I stroke their heads by grinding their teeth as this is a behavioural noise to portray happiness and comfort) or a fear thing?

    Or is there some sort of problem with him? I don't think there is, butI really hope not :(

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm not sure exactly what it means. I don't think that there is something wrong with him however, especially if he acts normal otherwise. If I was to guess, I would think that the beak clacking would mean that he was content.
     
  3. portraitiste

    portraitiste New Egg

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    Thank you! :) I hope he is ok. He is such an affectionate boy so early on in his life, it would break my heart to lose him.
     
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  4. ten-acre-farms

    ten-acre-farms Out Of The Brooder

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    I agree if he is eating, drinking, and acting normal he should be fine. And it sounds to me like affection. Keep working with him, it sounds like you will have a sweet roo.
     
  5. portraitiste

    portraitiste New Egg

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    Thanks for the advice :) I hope he will be a very social rooster, he is a Rhode Island Red but has no markings whatsoever and has white feathers coming through on his wings, so not sure what he will turn out like! I will definitely work with him and make him a mummy's boy lol! :) I'll see if a couple of photos I have of him attach to this reply.

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  6. Cleoandclover

    Cleoandclover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A very content chicken makes such a noise. He's saying he's very happy. Take it as a compliment, it's the sign of a content, trusting chicken.
     
  7. portraitiste

    portraitiste New Egg

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    Wow, thanks you for your comments Cleoandclover! I am so happy that it sounds like my little rooster is content and happy around me :) He has now started to climb up inbetween my collarbone and falls asleep there! LOL
     
  8. chicketydooda

    chicketydooda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how do you know it's a roo? Just curious.
     
  9. portraitiste

    portraitiste New Egg

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    Lucky guess - I was right though as this is him now! :)
     
  10. 4chickens1chick

    4chickens1chick Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine does that too! It's usually when she's happy.
     

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