Quiet hens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by DaveTaunton, Sep 16, 2013.

  1. DaveTaunton

    DaveTaunton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We got our hens around 3 days ago, there are 5 of them. I'm a total newbie at this so I'm just wondering if this is cause for concern? Obviously I'd wager it would be more alarming if they were screaming their heads off, they seem happy enough, plenty of food, fresh water, a fair bit of room etc.

    I'm happy they're quiet because I don't fancy having them taken away when I've already bonded with them, I'm such a sap [​IMG] but if it's a concern I want to nip it in the bud, they seem to make low pitched squawks if that makes sense? It's quite hard to describe.

    Should probably add the squawks aren't constant, just on and off!
     
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  2. HS Pye

    HS Pye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, it's alright that your hens are quiet. It just means that they are content and sense no danger. A very good sign. They will get loud if they see a hawk, dog, or some other predator.

    HS Pye
     
  3. DaveTaunton

    DaveTaunton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh brilliant! Off to a good start then, thankyou :)
     
  4. kstavert

    kstavert Out Of The Brooder

    when the hens are happy and no
    one is about to bother them, they
    are generally pretty quiet...

    low clucks and such all of the time...

    when they all start screeching, you
    know that something is worrying
    them...

    and, sometimes, they start squawking
    and making all kinds of racket and I
    can't see any reason....so, who knows

    Have fun
     
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  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Some hens are just noisy. Some think everyone in a mile needs to know when they've laid an egg. My entire flock (2 dozen birds) sings a chorus every morning when eggs are being laid. As long as it's not distressed type noises, it's normal.
     
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  6. DaveTaunton

    DaveTaunton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's all looking good then, I'm definitely doing something right [​IMG]
     
  7. kstavert

    kstavert Out Of The Brooder

    Dave, you are...

    prepare to have a blast..;

    Before I had chickens... I'd read
    posts here...

    I'd read things like... "I just hung out
    in the run with my chickens today"
    and think... Why????

    Now I know... they are funny and fun
    and wonderful....
     
  8. DaveTaunton

    DaveTaunton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Haha definitely, It's been raining pretty consistently since we got them so I made them a dust bath today and spent about 10 minutes waiting for them to use it, to no avail just yet! But I find myself feeding and watering them and then just sitting around for a while watching them, they're quite lovely really, I didn't see myself growing to them at first, but I love animals in general so it was inevitable really [​IMG]
     

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