Roo trembling, cold or scared? Also, what is purring??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by secuono, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. secuono

    secuono Songster

    May 29, 2010
    So I had my Jap Roo standing on my leg while I searched him for injuries. I noticed that he is shaking, trembling on his feet. I've held chicks, hens, and they sometimes seem to quiver or shake in your hands.

    Are they cold, scared, what?

    Also, what the heck is it when a chicken purrs?

  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    If you were inspecting him for injuries, was he attacked by a predator?? That would explain the trembling. I would think the same of younger chicks if they only do it when you hold them - just frightened. Unless they are cold. Purring is a sound they usually make when feeling secure and contented. Or they may have swallowed a small kitten. Just kidding. But it's a good thing.
  3. secuono

    secuono Songster

    May 29, 2010
    Thanks. I was on the right track.
    Yea, they were attacked the other day. But I've noticed chicks shaking that I have inside. Sometimes even if they lay in my hands.
  4. PamB

    PamB Songster

    Jul 20, 2010
    Dayville, CT
    Quote:I've notice this too. When mine go to sleep in my hands they sort of tremble. I'm not sure what that is all about...but they are very relaxed when they are doing it.

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