Do chicks have warning chirps?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bigreyhorse, Jun 19, 2008.

  1. bigreyhorse

    bigreyhorse In the Brooder

    Apr 21, 2008
    Southern Indiana
    I was out with my 2.5 wk olds today and a couple hawks were above (we were in a coop no worries) and all of a sudden a chick gave out a wild siren like chirp and they all huddled together, once the hawks we're gone they relaxed and continued eating, a while later a butterfly flew overhead ( a big one, they're scary) and they did it again. Well I decided to try imitating this chirp and it worked, they all ran and hid (one actually laid down), I'm guessing its some kind of chick-alarm system?

    Anyone else's birds do this?

  2. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

    Jul 5, 2007
    Sevier County, TN
    Instincts are very cool things when you're a prey animal...

    My chicks did it early, and then a blue jay started making the hawk screech just to mess with them. Now, after a year, they ignore the jay but can tell when a real hawk cries. And they also hide if the crows do a "chasing the hawks" cry!
  3. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA

    If you watch them they are quite entertaining. There is usually a look out and their job is to look for danger. Usually it is a roo that will call the danger signal.

    When a rooster gets older they also do this "growly", whistling thing too.

    They have their own language. Moms call their chicks and roosters call the girls when they find something especially good to eat.
  4. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

    Mar 5, 2008
    My chicks in the brooder do this when my cat comes in.
  5. cthrash1

    cthrash1 Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Somerset, KY
    My Cochin roo does the growly thing right before he tries to attack my toes. I had to laugh at him today when I went to put them up for the night...He was trying every angle to get at my toes. Even acted like he was going to eat out of my hand...Good thing I was faster.

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