Chickens make BARKING sounds........What Is It?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mtnhomechick, Nov 22, 2008.

  1. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Songster

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    Sometimes my chickens make a sound almost like a bark. Usually, it's when they're eating, which is almost all the time.

    Anyone know what that is?



  2. Shared Acres

    Shared Acres Songster

    Aug 10, 2008
    Northeast Fla
    One of my hens made that sound, but it sounded like a duck quack to me. Mine were silkies. And it was usually when she was upset. (I assume she was a girl.)
  3. FractalFarmer

    FractalFarmer Songster

    Oct 31, 2008
    SF Bay area CA
    Is it like a little dog bark? If so, I think it might be a sneeze. Ours seem to sneeze quite a bit while they're eating, probably because they stick their piggy little beaks all the way into the food and breathe in the dust.
  4. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Songster

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    Yes, it's like a mini dog bark. I really don't think they're just sounds weird.

  5. Pinky

    Pinky Songster

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    My chickens make that sound when they eat too fast .I think they get dust in their nostrals and they are trying to get it out.
  6. reallemons1

    reallemons1 Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    Gloucester, VA
    Sounds like they are trying to clear their throats.
  7. I have a couple that do that when nesting...

  8. jtl977

    jtl977 In the Brooder

    Jul 6, 2010
    Mine did it for the first time tonight, and it really worried me. Thanks everyone for posting about this. I feel better.
  9. kittyacid

    kittyacid Songster 9 Years

    May 30, 2009
    Clayton, NC
    My silkie does that when I have treats (or she thinks I do) and don't give them to her fast enough.

  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    I have one Buff Brahma who always does that--she's done it for two of her almost four years of age. She snorts some dust or a piece of scratch goes down wrong and she starts up. She'll do it a few times a day for a period, then it stops, then something starts her up again. It's really a sneeze, and it does sound like a bark, but she is fine, clear eyes, no discharge. I just know it's Caroline when I hear it.

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