Chickens making REALLY weird noises... **UPDATE**

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by WhiteMountainsRanch, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Crowing

    Jun 19, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    So a few days ago my chickens (19 weeks old) started honking like geese. I mean REALLY REALLY loud honks. You can hear them hundreds of yards away... If you couldn't see them you would swear I had geese. They do it in the late morning or afternoon. It's REALLY weird.

    They JUST started laying, and we've gotten a couple eggs from them this week... Other than that everything has been the same...
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  2. KandJsmama

    KandJsmama Chirping

    I am not sure why but I have some doing that too. It seems to have started when it got hot.
  3. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Crowing

    Jun 19, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    The temperature has been the same here. Nice. [​IMG]
  4. KandJsmama

    KandJsmama Chirping

    Mine are almost a year old...could it be chicken puberty?
  5. Dora'smom

    Dora'smom Songster

    Dec 14, 2009
    We have one Delaware, probably about 20 weeks who does that occasionally. Nothing else different about her, and I'm not sure why she does it.
  6. city kid farm

    city kid farm Chirping

    Apr 17, 2010
    Thanks for posting this! I have been wondering since a couple of mine have started doing that too. Really wacky. I have no clue why they're doing it. It seems most frequent in the afternoon, during and just after a dustbath.
  7. 4 luv of eggs

    4 luv of eggs Songster

    Apr 22, 2010
    Westminster, MD
    My two Black Australorps did that when their voice began to change. I kept telling them they sounded ridiculous. They're 14 weeks now and I don't notice it so much anymore. Maybe I just got used to it.
  8. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Crowing

    Jun 19, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    So they are still doing this a few times a week... Every time it happens I run out there and try to see why they are doing it. For like 2 weeks I saw nothing... then yesterday morning I run out there and there is a HUGE roadrunner just moseying on by on the outside of the fence... they decided to honk like geese at him! I don't know if that is why they have been doing it EVERY time, but I think it may be some sort of warning or territory thing... they don't seem to do it to the other birds... just the roadrunner.... [​IMG]

    I keep trying to convince them they aren't geese, and they keep not believing me...
  9. karmical

    karmical Songster

    Aug 3, 2007
    Honeoye Falls, NY
    The honking noises are hilarious! My girls do it too. I've read a few explanations for this in various publications and the general consensus links it to egg theory is that in order to attract attention away from the nest after an egg has been laid (in case of predators), the hen who laid the egg will make a racket with the honking noises. The funny thing is that usually once one starts, the others usually join in. I've also noticed with my girls that sometimes if one of them is on a nest laying, the others will make the honking noise. Celebrating? Jealous? Protective? Hard to know...sometimes it's so loud in the morning that it wakes us all up! A number of times I've shouted down out the window for them to Shhhhh and they clam up...for a while :) There's a great article in "Backyard Poultry" (June/July 2010) called "Why Does a Hen Cackle" that goes into pretty interesting depth on the topic.

    I love the many "talking" sounds my girls really can sound like conversation if you sit and listen for a while.

    Have fun with the honking!!
  10. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    My BR honks now and then. She always looks startled when she does it; I don't know if she starts startled and honks because she is startled, or honks and the honk noise startles her, but it's a hoot.

    My RIR sometimes sounds like she's laughing maniacally.

    Both of these girls are just now at point of lay.

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