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Does anyone else have a hen who growls?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by stacym, Aug 25, 2008.

  1. stacym

    stacym Songster

    Jul 21, 2008
    Kennard, Nebraska
    We have a hen(Jenny) who is the Alpha hen of the group. She pecks everyone to keep them in line and sounds the alarm when the Chicken Hawk flies over. Last night when I shut the hens in their house she looked at me and made a growling noise. Not too much different than a dog only softer. Everyone thinks that I'm crazy. Has anyone else heard a hen growl or do I need to see someone?
  2. keljonma

    keljonma Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    All our broody hens growl. If you didn't know it was them, you'd think a small dog was in the hen house.
  3. Jenski

    Jenski Songster

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    My hens sometimes make a low chirring noise if I peek in the coop after dark. Mine each have different calls to warn about different kinds of predators, too.

    Doesn't sound exactly like growling, but it could be the breed.

    Or you could just be crazy. It sometimes happens to chicken people. [​IMG]
  4. revelu

    revelu Songster

    Mar 28, 2008
    Midland, MI
    My Light Brahma hen makes sort of a dinosaur noise
  5. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    Yeah, the dinosaur noise. If you just heard that and saw only their feet, you'd think you were in Jurassic Park.
  6. farmgirlie1031

    farmgirlie1031 Songster

    Apr 26, 2008
    I have a 4 month old pullet that sounds like a yappy dog instead of a chicken. The first time I heard it I thought there was a toy dog somehow in with the chickens. It's the strangest sound I have ever heard from my chicks ever.
  7. schmije

    schmije Songster

    Aug 25, 2008
    Peoria, IL
    We call our girls 'velociraptors' when they do that, because it sounds very reptilian. We have a hen who is broody right now, and every time someone walks into the coop she growls. Some of ours also do the chirring sound, especially after they've roosted for the night.
  8. elfkin2001

    elfkin2001 In the Brooder

    Jul 29, 2008
    I have several hens who growl. My Silver Phoenix Moe does it the best though. That's the only sound she makes! [​IMG]
  9. Quail_Antwerp

    Quail_Antwerp [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Mrs

    Aug 16, 2008
    My BO Rooster growls. I always ask my husband, is that Pocket or a dog? lol
  10. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

    Jan 27, 2007
    Have a baby monitor in coop: At night, when there is a predator at a distance (coon for instance), they growl. When it gets closer the hens whine and the roo gives out with some soft `predator' barks. When it's up close to the coop they all go silent (time to grab the rifle). They also chortle in unison when it starts to rain.

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