Noises roosters make.. a question about meaning

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Lobzi, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. Lobzi

    Lobzi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Does anyone ever hear their rooster make a whining, crying sort of noise? It can last a long time without him stopping to breathe. I am just wondering what he might be trying to communicate. When he starts I ask him what is wrong but he doesnt tell me so I usually join in with him. It does sound like he is sad or upset about something. It breaks my heart.
  2. Mrs.Puff

    Mrs.Puff Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2008
    Southern Iowa
    In what situation does he make this noise? Usually I would think the whiney noise is a contentment noise. Is he hiding or are others pecking at him when he makes the noise?
  3. Lobzi

    Lobzi Chillin' With My Peeps

    He is always in with me or alone on his roost in the garage. Unfortunately I am his only companion since he doesnt get along with the others (runs after them and he tries to fight with the other roos; the hen he chases from the food and pen area). I really think he is lonely for chicken companionship but darn it, he doesnt play nice. I know what you mean by the "contentment song", I have heard that from him many times, especially when he is taking a dusty bathe.
  4. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
    I'm learning to speak chickenese myself. Mine make a loud whining screechy sound to warn of danger. They especially get to doing it at dusk when they seem to be half asleep and something moves around them. My roo makes a gurgling sound when he's trying to calm one of his girls. He'll find her a spot to lay an egg and twirl around in it, gurgling until she settles into it. Then there's the "hey look..I found food!" when he points at a speck of something and makes a short chattery call. They are fascinating creatures.
  5. Lobzi

    Lobzi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Chickie makes this same noise sometime when I poke my head into the garage where he sleeps on his private roost. Im never sure if he is whining because he is lonely or maybe I have scared him. Perhaps it is a warning of danger cry. Gosh I wish he would tell me.
  6. BB3

    BB3 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 30, 2008
    Mine have done it when a hawk was flying over, before I ever even saw it. They seem to do it when they hear a strange noise too.
  7. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
    Have you ever had chicks hatched by a hen? If you watch the way they respond to these adult noises, you'll totally understand what mom and dad are saying. That noise he makes when you peek in on him is him saying "what the heck is there??" he's 1/2 asleep and your movement startled him.
  8. banter

    banter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2008
    Raymond Maine
    That is the "What the heck is going on??????" noise for my roosters!
  9. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yep, the whiney noise means 'danger lurking.' Roosters tend to do it when they see something moving on the ground, or hear something, in the distance. The screechy noise that is somewhat similar means 'danger in the sky'.

    If it's really quiet and you do a good impression of it, the whole flock will stop what they're doing and look up. The roos should join in your warnings and the hens will run for cover and wait for the sounding crow, meaning it's all safe.
  10. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2008
    Olympia WA
    It does sound like he could be very lonely. Is there any way he could be penned with one hen of his own? or perhaps just so he is within sight and sound of the other chickens? Could he roost with the others just at night? My cockerel used to whine a lot in the evening before he settled down to sleep--he seemed very uneasy about being cooped up, but got better over time.

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