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Purring chicken, happy sound?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MattalynsBarn, Mar 28, 2011.

  1. MattalynsBarn

    MattalynsBarn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When a chicken purrs, is she happy?
     
  2. jenesis536

    jenesis536 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe so... I think it is called trilling.

    I had not heard it before until we got our silkies and one started doing it while sitting on my daughter's lap. It's so cute.
     
  3. AKsmama

    AKsmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've read that it is a happy, contented sound. After my flock stops pushing each other around on the roosts at night and settles down, I usually hear trilling from a few pullets. We had to isolate one of the pullets b/c she had an injured leg, so we let her recuperate in a large dog crate inside the house. She would trill pretty often. I really got to know the full range of sounds they make while she was in the house!
     
  4. Churkenduse

    Churkenduse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls do that all the time and I assume they are happy, to me it sounds like cooing, the way a baby does.
     
  5. jojo54

    jojo54 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lulu, our lame, part-time house chicken does it all the time, especially when she is cuddled on my lap on snuggled into a throw rug she has pulled around her so it is "just right". It is a very contented sound.
     
  6. aghiowa

    aghiowa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My new mama hen did it when she had all her chicks settled underneath her...it's a very contented sound. [​IMG]

    Angela
     
  7. QuinnP

    QuinnP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Arlo does that all the time! It makes me happy to hear it.
     
  8. old geezer

    old geezer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i think chickens are a lot smarter than most people think---that purring is show of contentment----trust ,and i guess---chicken love---we as chicken people have all heard it , especially when we show a expression of talking to them in a soft voice , or just snuggle bugging with them--nuff said here--[​IMG].
     
  9. nanawendy

    nanawendy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls purr when they are full safe and nestled next to their best friends [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  10. ericsgirlie

    ericsgirlie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our Silkie who just adopted 5 babies is purring. It is soooo sweet!
     

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