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Do hens cluck even if they are not laying an egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ckseals, Dec 5, 2009.

  1. ckseals

    ckseals Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 4, 2009
    Rancho Cucamonga
    One of my girls just laid her first eggs this week, and now everyday non stop in the mornings she and the other hen are clucking loudly. I have been told that they cluck because they have laid or are about to lay, but I look after the clucking and NO egg yet. However, it IS after a loud cluck that I do find an egg when I do find one. So, do they cluck just to cluck also?
  2. Hamptons06

    Hamptons06 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 26, 2009
    North Atlanta
    Yes, mine do. I almost always bring treats with me when I go to them and so when they see me coming they become all talkative. [​IMG] It's very cute.
  3. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    Mine also cluck even if they haven't or aren't about to lay an egg. I love listening to them ... maybe they are just talking about the "possibility" of "maybe" laying an egg "sometime"! [​IMG]
  4. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
    They are of the FEMALE gender therefore, they will TALK whenever there is anyone around to hear it, whether they did something(lay an egg) or not, I think it is a gender based defect, but who knows. [​IMG]

  5. ckseals

    ckseals Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 4, 2009
    Rancho Cucamonga
    Ok thank you. It really sounds more like an obnoxious (but adorable) squalk...its no casual cluck. This is still common when not laying?
  6. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
    Quote:Yep that sums it up preaty good. [​IMG]
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:And men (roos) make noise because????????? [​IMG]
  8. GrannySue

    GrannySue Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine have different sounds for different situations.
    -Someone's not with us!
    -I want that worm!
    -Get away from my food!
    -You're my best friend! (That's from my mutts, who purr at each other.)
  9. australorpchick

    australorpchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2009
    Canyon Lake, TX
    Mine squawk if:

    I'm taking too long opening the gate.
    The treats I brought are not their favorites.
    They approve or disapprove of my cleaning or changes to their coop or run.

    Actually, the only time my BR is quiet, is when she's laying an egg.
  10. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Sometimes one of my Leghorns will cluck while someone else is laying an egg, and the one in the nest is usually quiet. Not sure if the one outside is waiting for her turn, or announcing for her sister, or maybe they do both.
    I've seen 2 of them in the nest at the same time, so I guess the one outside talking isn't desperate to lay yet.

    Mine don't talk much else, unless they are getting treats, and then it's more like a low mumble with their beaks full [​IMG]

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