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Purring noise?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Kanders, Aug 24, 2010.

  1. Kanders

    Kanders In the Brooder

    Apr 19, 2010
    Richmond, KY
    I have a Buff Orp that is new to laying and she is such a drama queen when it is time to lay. I say she is a drama queen because her first time was very noisey. She paced back and forth, rubbing against the metal cloth in the coop and then dash outside and pace up and down one side of the run. It was back and forth. She was really stressed. I sat with her off and on for 4 hours. Other chickens followed her in and out of the coop. Today, she is back at it. Only this time, two of my Barred Rocks are helping her. One is standing over her in the nesting box, cooing softly. The other seems to be blocking to keep the others out. But it's that purring, cooing noise that got me. That is just the sweetest thing I have ever heard. She is also helping her fluff up the nesting box. Is all of this normal?
  2. lizzy06019

    lizzy06019 Songster

    Oct 26, 2009
    Absolutely! My girls definitely help each other when it comes to laying. When we had our rooster, he acted like an expecting father. He paced in and out of the coop and even joined the girl in singing her egg song. Several girls will all join in singing egg songs even though it's not their egg. It's very cute to watch. Laying eggs is a team sport [​IMG]
  3. SallyF

    SallyF Songster 9 Years

    Jul 5, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    My roosters will sometimes get in the nest box and coo to the hen who's laying. Every expectant mom needs a coach!
  4. afishel

    afishel Songster

    Jul 15, 2010
    Spencer, Ind
    This is too funny MY girls are very loud with their egg song also I can hear them in the house! well today I wanted too see which girl was making all the commotion! It was my BR and my leghorn cross roo was helping her sing he was pacing back and forth in front of the coop door. bawk bawk begawk went on for 5 minutes before he found a bug for one of the other girls! LOL

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