So I had an amazing experience with my chicks this afternoon. I had the chicks in the backyard near our house for a little outside time and they were playing underneath our raspberry bushes when I had my first predator encounter. They were pecking away when I saw a hawk flying reaaaally low near our backyard, and just out of "motherly instinct" I stood up, made two looong bock sounds, and INSTANTLY all of the chicks hid in the bushes and were silent for a good minute afterward. I was amazed at their response to my retarded predator call, and they didn't come out until one of them peeped and I started calling to them again! It was a really awesome feeling to have these little girls trust and understand me enough to respond and hide. Luckily the hawk didn't circle around again, probably because it saw me their and hadn't tasted chicken...but still! Anyway, just wanted to share that story! Does anyone else have stories of using chicken language to communicate with their chicks? I know I've used it to calm them down, call them to me, find food, and now save their lives! I'm a firm believer of understanding your animals' languages so that they understand what you're asking of them, and this is a prime example.