HELP! Why do they Buh-gawk like this?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by skatcatla, Jan 14, 2008.

  1. skatcatla

    skatcatla Songster

    Jun 26, 2007
    During the last 2 weeks or so, my girls have started Buh-gawking very loudly, and often very early (6am) in the morning. This isn't my video, I got it on youtube, but it sounds JUST like this:

    The first time it happened and I went out to investigate, it seemed that the girl buh-gawking was wanting to get into the nest box, but it was occupied. DH and I had a good laugh about it. But it seems to keep happening and when I check, it seems to be coming from a girl just standing on the lawn.

    I'm really concerned about the neighbors; I live in a crowded urban area and I can imagine they are not too pleased about this kind of racket at 6am! I am having a new coop built this weekend that will have three nest boxes instead of one (I have four pullets) you think that will solve the problem? Or is this something that chickens just do?
  2. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Songster

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    Mine make this noise when they have laid an egg. Sometimes they do this when one of the others has laid an egg as well.
  3. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Songster

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    Quote:Same here. I think my neighbors "got used to it" when I started sharing eggs with them.[​IMG]
  4. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    More nest boxes may help. Is there a way you could keep them in the coop and not let them out in the run/yard until later in the day?

    That way it'd at least muffle the sound a bit...
  5. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    [​IMG] It sounds cute.... mine don't make all that noise! [​IMG]
  6. skatcatla

    skatcatla Songster

    Jun 26, 2007
    Quote:Well, I could, but I'm honestly not sure how well it would muffle it. Especially since the first time I heard it, the pullet responsible was standing in the coop (and I was fast asleep in my bed [​IMG] )

    Also it would be a shame..during the week in the winter they only get about an hour of free-range time since I put them back in their run before I go off to work.

    So far none of my neighbors have said anything about it, but I hate to be "that neighbor" know? I will make a point of giving some eggs to the people right behind me though. I really, really hope that more boxes will help (and that its not as loud to my neighbors as it is to me! It doesn't help that the dog starts freaking out barking whenever they get going...)
  7. Catalina

    Catalina Songster

    Jul 19, 2007
    Sometimes mine make this noise when they're just walking around - for no reason!
    Maybe they're thinking about laying an egg. [​IMG]
  8. Ang

    Ang Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    West Central Illinois
    That usually means that they just laid an egg and have come off the nest. Its their way of drawing attention away from the nest.
  9. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    They are celebrating! [​IMG]
  10. skatcatla

    skatcatla Songster

    Jun 26, 2007
    Quote:That makes a lot of sense, Ang. I thought it was odd that a chicken would make that kind of racket BEFORE laying, because why would they want to draw the attention of potential predators?

    But it means my problem won't be solved by more boxes. Crap.

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