My chickens have a strange behavior I've never heard of before...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ChickenCharmer, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. If I speak to them they give a little rapid shake of the head. I experimented with this: if I speak in a low voice they shake their heads. If I speak in a high voice they shake their heads. If I am loud, they do it, and if I'm quiet they do it. Some do it a lot, and some do it rarely. Sometimes it's funny- I walk into the henhouse in the evening when they're all roosted, and I say "OOOOHHHHHH" and practically EVERY CHICKEN IN THE ROOM SHAKES HER HEAD AT THE SAME TIME! I have no idea why they do it! You try it, I'm curious to see if yours do the same! Has anyone ever heard of this behavior before, and if so, please explain!!!!!
  2. Some people have different theories with this. My hens do it too. [​IMG] There was another thread regarding this recently...Dunno where it is. [​IMG]
  3. Debbienmousey

    Debbienmousey Songster

    *giggles* I've never heard of this nor seen it. I'll have to try this sometime.

    Maybe they're trying to tell you "No, too loud", "No, too quiet". Lol
  4. quiltnchik

    quiltnchik Songster

    May 19, 2009
    My little Frizzle roo does this too, but I have no clue WHY he does it...

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  5. momoftwinsinwi

    momoftwinsinwi Songster

    May 29, 2007
    Rochester, WI
    so funny!! my cockatiel was "whistling" the other day and my son's girlfriend staring imitating him, every time she would whistle he would SQUAK like "shut up" it's my song...this went on for about 10 min, was hysterical!!

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