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How can you tell if a chicken is happy/upset?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chocobo, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. Chocobo

    Chocobo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dogs wag their tails and cats purr but what exactly is the chicken equivalent?
    How do know if a chicken is happy or even if they are upset?
     
  2. anderson8505

    anderson8505 Peace, Love & Happy Chickens

    Quote:When mine are upset they usually reply to everything I say with "Fine!"
    oh, wait, that's me....
     
  3. flowergirl60

    flowergirl60 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine wag their tail feathers. Looks so cute.[​IMG] Me thinks that is a happy thing.
     
  4. stilldeb

    stilldeb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I have an EE that hid in a corner when she was unhappy and I brought her inside. Then when I put her back outside, she went on a hunger strike until I brought her back in.

    Yes, she is spoiled rotten, but made it pretty clear she was unhappy with her situation/compadres outside. But probably eating well is one way to tell. Certainly if they are lounging around dustbathing with the gang, they look happy to me.
     
  5. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Well, chickens do sort of gripe gripe gripe...BAWK BAWK BAWK......when something bothers them......And they will really have an absolute fit and flap those wings and act crazy if they're REALLY upset.....
     
  6. K-12 Chickens

    K-12 Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When one of my Buff Orps named Goldie doesn't get outside on time, you will ALWAYS be able to tell she's mad. Much different than her normal, inquiring cluck. [​IMG]
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    If they are smiling, they are happy. [​IMG]
     
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  8. blueberrychickens

    blueberrychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they kinda make a purring noise when they are content, at least mine do!
     
  9. Peachesbabychick

    Peachesbabychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:My Orpington, Peaches, Does the SAME thing!!! Lol!
     
  10. Desirai

    Desirai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have chickens myself, but my neighbor does, and when they're angry they actually growl o_O
     

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