~chicken talk~

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by murdeb, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. murdeb

    murdeb Out Of The Brooder

    May 17, 2011
    Sebastian, FL
    Does anyone understand chicken talk? By this I mean, do chickens make different sounds for different reasons? Like a cat or dog? You can usually tell whats going on with your pet based on how they are vocalizing.
  2. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

    Oct 3, 2011
    My Coop
    Yes like when they are laying an egg some times and most of the time they will start doing this egg laying song. LOL
  3. yankeedoodle300

    yankeedoodle300 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2011
    Chicken Heaven
    Yes! I can tell when they are Happy, Scared, Laying or Hungry. I Love Chicken Talk!
  4. joneus

    joneus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2011
    Ballston Spa
    I've figured out that when my roo makes a growling noise, it means either he doesnt think I should be playing ball with my dog so close to his girls OR he suspects danger and is warning everyone (tho they may be one in the same)

    the low chirping noise is his way of enticing the girls to come check out something he has found

    the loud, anxious cackle from my hens means someone is about to lay an egg

    and the loud tapping noise on my back door means, "Hey! Food Lady! Where's my grapes??"
  5. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 4, 2011
    athens, wv
    lol i dont understand it but yea they talk mine do a almost growl when i buggin them. they make a startled noise and they also do a dif he this is a good treat to eat noise lol
  6. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Distinct vocalizations can indicate many of the following.

    Ground threat
    Aerial threat
    High danger version for either of above

    Food item
    Lots of food items
    Possibly something about quality or type as well.
    Taste nasty so do not eat it (hens to chicks)

    Hey baby (rooster to hen)
    Hey baby (hen to rooster) sounds very different

    Do not touch me
    Do not touch me!
    Get away or I will flog

    Where are you? I am here contact calls. (Some are long-distance, some are short distance)
    Follow me
    All is well

    Settle down and sleep
    Come to roost
    Prepare to leave roost (fly down)

    Get out of my way
    Call to arms (individual calls up flockmates to engage another group)

    I giveup, I am a wuss
    I am being attacked, be aware

    Lots more likely
  7. murdeb

    murdeb Out Of The Brooder

    May 17, 2011
    Sebastian, FL
    Thanks everyone! Right off the bat I did notice a distinct difference in their personalities! We have only had them one month so in time we should understand "chicken talk"!

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