Does anyone speak "chicken"?

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

  1. tinker

    tinker New Egg

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    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

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    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??"

    Joon: "BWAAAAK BWAK BWAAAK BWAK!!!"

    (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]
     
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  3. Mogli

    Mogli Chillin' With My Peeps

    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

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    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

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    I think a more appropriate title would be:

    Does anyone NOT speak "chicken" ?

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  6. enzolove

    enzolove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    spartacus_63 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I understand mine chicken language better than I understand my wife.
     

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