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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MattalynsBarn, Mar 28, 2011.
When a chicken purrs, is she happy?
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.
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!
My girls do that all the time and I assume they are happy, to me it sounds like cooing, the way a baby does.
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.
My new mama hen did it when she had all her chicks settled underneath her...it's a very contented sound.
Arlo does that all the time! It makes me happy to hear it.
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--.
My girls purr when they are full safe and nestled next to their best friends
Our Silkie who just adopted 5 babies is purring. It is soooo sweet!