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my hens are making alot of noise when i go near them... why??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by line painter, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. line painter

    line painter New Egg

    Sep 6, 2011
    i have a few kinds of chickens, but my rhode island red are acting funny.. they are about 18-20 weeks old and have not layed any eggs yet nor have any of my hens and whenever i go near the pen the come running to the fence and start skwaking its a long drawn out sound and the dont stop till i leave.. why would they do this
  2. BCchick

    BCchick Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 3, 2011
    Mine started acting this way around the time they started laying eggs. I always reach down and pet them when they do.
  3. LeezyBeezy

    LeezyBeezy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 13, 2010
    Lancaster PA
    begging?? maybe they want treats?
  4. JerseyFresh

    JerseyFresh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2008
    They're looking for treats? Chickens can be quite entertaining most of the time.
    I was really impressed at the variety of sounds they make. Yours seem normal enough [​IMG]
  5. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 28, 2011
    My girls do the same. In fact they are quite noisy!
  6. line painter

    line painter New Egg

    Sep 6, 2011
    im not sure what normal is.... this is my first flock and it started with three and im now up to ten. im not real sure what treats to give or a whole lot about them but im trying to learn everything i can, any pointers?
  7. SarahBeth9394

    SarahBeth9394 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2008
    They know where the goodies come from so they are happy to see you. Just like your dog.
  8. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

    May 8, 2007
    Mine raise a ruckus if they're in the run and want to be let out to free range for the day. They also raise a ruckus when they want their daily treats. This is triggered when they first see or hear us. They just get all excited and have a lot to say. The rest of the time they're quiet.

    If they were free ranged or given treats by either you or a previous owner, maybe that's what they're trying to tell you.
  9. DTRM30

    DTRM30 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    Don't worry about the eggs - they'll lay when their bodies are ready. The 20 weeks is an estimate.

    As for the noise - I have to agree that they want something from you. Mine do it when they want out of their run. They'll see me and start pacing back and forth in front of the door being all loud. I can't always let them out - and when I leave they quiet back down 'cause they know their request was not granted.
  10. ddmiddle7

    ddmiddle7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2011
    Indianapolis, IN
    Quote:Check this wonderful list out someone here on BYC made. I printed it out and keep it in the kitchen. I regularly clean out my fridge and if it is still good to eat and on the list I toss it out back for the girls. They love treats and have become more and more friendly over the weeks with more treats.


    BTW [​IMG] from Dereck in Indianapolis!!!

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