Chicken that "honks"?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Rusty's Ranch, May 4, 2009.

  1. Rusty's Ranch

    Rusty's Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have 2 RIR's that are about 11 - 12 weeks old. One chirps and clucks like a proper lady - the other one has been "honking" lately. Is that normal? She appears to be healthy, but sounds like a goose! Could she have a lung problem (she doesn't have a runny nose or sound conjested).

    Anyone else have a honking chicken?
     
  2. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    Olympia Washington
    LOL - No, I don't have a honking chick, but that would be hilarious. She would fit right in with my 10 wk old EE who hasn't yet perfected his crow.
     
  3. The Wolf Queen

    The Wolf Queen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hiya. I think that is normal for younger chickens. Last year my black cochin banty roo did the same thing [​IMG] Everytime he got scared or tryed to crow I thought something had set off my car alarm [​IMG]. I would say no worriesit should clear up in a few weeks or months. Not sure which LOL.
     
  4. Rusty's Ranch

    Rusty's Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's one of my worries -- do I have a rooster? I've been told that at this age, Penny should have more of a comb if "she" were really a "he". Her comb is still close to the head and still yellow.
     
  5. silkieluver

    silkieluver Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 black silkies that "honk", its the funniest sound I've heard from them. They are 5 & 6 months old, I am pretty sure they are pullets, so I don't think they are trying to crow. Just honking.
     
  6. MichiganWoods

    MichiganWoods DD (Artistic Digital Diva)

    Oct 6, 2008
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    One of my EE hens honked like a goose as she was growing up. She hasn't done it in quite some time though. Ever since she started laying, the "egg song" has sort of taken over her honking urge.
     
  7. Rusty's Ranch

    Rusty's Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's a relief -- in my crazy brain, I figured I put too much DE in the coop and rotted her lungs out [​IMG]

    There is so much to learn the first time around ... I'm glad we have this board to run to when things get scary!

    Thanks,
    Sonia
     
  8. pinguin

    pinguin Out Of The Brooder

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    I've 3 RIR pullets between 10 & 12 weeks old. The oldest honk. And so did my RIR hens when they were the same age, last summer. Chalk it up to adolescence & their voices changing from peeps to bawks.

    The boys squawk, but I've never heard one honk like the girls do. When the boys' voices change, they'll be crowing.
     
  9. Rusty's Ranch

    Rusty's Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you all for your input. I've been worried I did something wrong, but now I see it's just how she's gonna be for now.

    Until the next "drama" ... [​IMG]
     
  10. sueg6255

    sueg6255 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an EE Rooster that honked when he first tryied to crow. His name is Honker.
     

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