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Chicken "purr"???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Bubs, May 25, 2008.

  1. Bubs

    Bubs In the Brooder

    May 2, 2008
    I have noticed lately that one of my hens will make a sound similar to purring when she is laying an egg. Just wondering if anyone else has heard this, it's very intersting.

  2. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    Mine make purring/cooing sounds whenever I'm around them...they haven't started laying set so I just assume it's because they are happy.
    Last edited: May 25, 2008
  3. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    *Chook used to purr when she was a pullet. Now she softly ba-gwaks like she's either asking or answering questions. I think the purring is like chicken 'baby-talk'.
  4. chcknrs

    chcknrs Songster

    Mar 7, 2008
    Kelso, WA
    I love that sound, it's so relaxing!
  5. BantyHugger

    BantyHugger Songster

    May 23, 2008
    My RIR rooster used to make a kinda purring cooing noise to call the hens over to whatever edible he just found! [​IMG]
  6. Jsto

    Jsto Songster

    Apr 30, 2007
    North Carolina
    All I can say is that until I had chickens, I had no idea of all the different noises they make! Purring, cooing, growling - you name it. The purr is definitely nice to hear though. My SLW purrs as she roosts on my legs. It's incredibly sweet.
  7. a2ms4chickens

    a2ms4chickens Songster

    Dec 16, 2007
    Tucson, AZ
    I have some OEG and MG roosters that do that purr thing, all at the same time. Sometimes the other chickens will join in. I don't know what it means, but it makes me chuckle when I look around and they are all making that purring sound.


  8. seriousbill

    seriousbill Songster

    May 4, 2008
    Mine make two or three different sounds that could be described that way. But the nicest is the sound my cockerel makes to encourage the pullets to lay. He gets into the nest with them and coos/purrs to them. It's a really nice sound. It's a little weird to go gather the eggs, though, and there's a big red comb and striped tail in the nest box--what the?
  9. BowChickaBowMow

    BowChickaBowMow Songster

    May 16, 2008
    Northern Michigan
    Quote:OMGosh.. too funny! Is this common among roo's? Or do you just have a sensitive guy?
  10. utahmethodist

    utahmethodist Songster

    Mar 7, 2008
    SLC, UT
    When mine purr I'm pretty sure they're saying, "Hey, that wouldn't happen to be spaghetti you're eating out of that bowl right there, would it?" [​IMG]

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