LOVE the sound my chickens make as a HAWK warning!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by sarahandbray, Jan 29, 2015.

  1. sarahandbray

    sarahandbray Songster

    Aug 12, 2014
    I have 30 hens and 8 Roosters (whittling down that ratio slowly!) and I just LOVE the warning sound they give when a hawk is nearby. I've heard them bounce this call around before, but today, while I was throwing down some scratch in the afternoon, a HUGE Redtail hawk was obviously flying around. Usually, the crows tip me off, but they weren't around.
    The low, warbly, reverberating sound that echoed around the 38 chickens was AWESOME! All of them made it within seconds and were looking up. Very cool.
    They don't scatter but watch closely. Since I was there, I ran him off, but these guys are pros without me around!!
    Will be keeping a closer eye as this is the biggest hawk I've seen personally...
  2. lightchick

    lightchick Crowing

    Apr 3, 2014
    I love that sound too! Chickens are so smart!
  3. WthrLady

    WthrLady Songster

    Jul 24, 2014
    WestOak, Nebraska
    Isn't that a cool noise? Mine make something that sounds like a mogwai singing. Cool AND creepy.
  4. sarahandbray

    sarahandbray Songster

    Aug 12, 2014
    I knew having a rooster would help warn the flock about Hawks.
    I guess (being a new chicken owner as of August!) I didn't know that the sound wouldn't be a loud, high-pitched screech! That's what I thought an alarm would be like. But this is lower and more rumbly than their typical "get off me" shrieks if one is picking on them.
    Doubt I'll ever get that sound recorded, but maybe!
    So neat!!
  5. HBHusbandry

    HBHusbandry In the Brooder

    Jan 17, 2015
    Fredericksburg, VA
    Our birds had their first hawk sighting this week! We had never heard the sound before, so we started looking around (and up) to determine why they were sounding their alarms. When we noticed some heading under the coop. We went back to looking up. Sure enough, making a big lazy circle in the sky was a hawk.

    The noise our roos were making was a "loud, high-pitched" note, that @sarahandbray mentioned. It made us laugh but also thankful the boys were on their toes, and doing their job.

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