Does anyone speak "chicken"?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tinker, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. tinker

    tinker Hatching

    Jul 26, 2010
    I unsuccessfully did a search for chicken calls, noises, etc.. can someone direct me to an appropriate thread?

    I'd like to understand my girls better. I've got "Help I'm separated from my friends" down, and and I think I know: "I'm busy and happy"...

    Sometimes they they "yell" for no reason I can fathom.

    do they call in the morning to say: "Yoohoo, sun's up, time to let us out!"?
  2. Morgan7782

    Morgan7782 Dense Egg Goo

    Mar 22, 2010
    Sacramento CA
    I think it is mostly experience. Like when you have a new baby it takes a while but you do learn each cry and all that.

    With my girls, the egg song is either because of an egg or something REALLY scared them.

    Purring is happiness (like when they get scratch) or when there is a hawk overhead.

    My head hen does a long low bwaaaaaaaaak when the other chickens get too close to her or if she wants somebody to move. It's like a "I am the boss so get the HECK out of my way!" and usually they listen otherwise they get pecked.

    Joon, my head hen, also "talks" with me. Most of my girls are talkers and when I go out they always bwak gently, and I really do just about hold convo's with them!!

    Me: "How are you this morning Joonadoodle?"

    Joon: "bwak... bwaaak... bwak."

    Me: "Oh really? And then what??"


    (yes she does get louder when I ask her "then what??" haha)

    You will learn, pay attention to your chickens, watch their movements and sounds and study how they coexist. It is really fun and interesting to chicken watch! You learn a lot more then from any book or website [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2011
  3. Mogli

    Mogli Songster

    i dont speak chicken either but im able to figure out what there saying at times lwhen i feed my hens a cup of wheat they all make this cute giggleing sound cuase there happy and there geting something the love to eat.[​IMG] my one little hen will just randomly go baaaalk baaalk balk balk balk she does it really loud in the coop i can hear 50 yards away from the coop i think shes just talkin to me and the other girls [​IMG]
  4. 3goodeggs

    3goodeggs pays attention sporadically

    May 22, 2009
    North Central Florida
    I wish I could remember the episode title, but It was either Nova, or Scientific American (?) but one of those programs had chicken sounds recorded and identified. Intruder, stop-listen, hide, food... I can not remember them all. There was a program on chickens...National Geographic? I watch too much educational tv. It all runs together. It is what happens when you only pick up PBS.
  5. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

    Apr 18, 2009
    I think a more appropriate title would be:

    Does anyone NOT speak "chicken" ?

  6. enzolove

    enzolove Chirping

    Nov 15, 2010
    San Diego
  7. spartacus_63

    spartacus_63 Songster

    Aug 21, 2009
    Central Iowa
  8. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Quote:I understand them much better than I speak it. Apparently my accent is terrible.
  9. AKsmama

    AKsmama Songster

    Jun 20, 2010
    South Carolina
    Speaking of chicken talk, does anyone else have a rooster that goes off at everything and nothing? My Lakenvelder is pretty high-strung and he is constantly making the loud growl (I call it "the ugly noise") and then the alarm call. . . I look outside and not one other chicken is alarmed in the slightest. Three times already today I have had to yell at him to shut up b/c there was nothing to be yelling about. Stupid chicken. I do have 4 other very good roos, though, and they don't alarm nearly as much as he does.
  10. pascopol

    pascopol Songster

    Jan 6, 2009
    Tampa Bay
    I understand mine chicken language better than I understand my wife.

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