Rooster singing the egg song??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Nitrostreak, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. Nitrostreak

    Nitrostreak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 12, 2011
    Jackson County
    I've seen a few videos on youtube of hens singing their egg song... and it has a distinct "buk buk buk BUKAW buk buk buk BUKAAAW" like pattern to it, if I'm hearing correctly.

    Yesterday, I went down to the coop upon hearing this pattern.... and my Easter Egger rooster was singing it! He was being very attentive to my Dutch Bantam girl, though, who was squatting in a nest box...

    Was he singing it for her? [​IMG]

    Last edited: Sep 25, 2011
  2. weesy68

    weesy68 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2009
    Stratford CT
    My rooster copies my hens when they sing it, I've caught him doing it twice now. Silly bird [​IMG]
  3. Nitrostreak

    Nitrostreak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 12, 2011
    Jackson County
    He's such a silly thing. Billie, the little Dutch Bantam, seems to be his favorite [​IMG]

    Definitely won't be hatching any eggs from THAT cross... [​IMG]
  4. PtldChick

    PtldChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2011
    Portland, OR
    I read an article in Backyard Poultry that said the egg song is actually an 'is it safe to come out?' call, usually done when leaving the nest. If this is the case, it would be normal for both hens and roosters to use the call.

    My Lavender Orpington cockeral has been doing this call lately, too. He just started crowing but does the 'egg song' more than he crows! [​IMG] For the longest time I thought he was a pullet, because he didn't act much like a boy. Maybe he's gender confused!
  5. BasicallyHeather

    BasicallyHeather Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2011
    Lowellville, Ohio
    My rooster does it, too! My girls haven't started laying yet, but they are very close. Every time I hear the egg song, I come running out, hopeful that I will find a lovely brown egg...instead I find my goofy boy, Hagrid, bawking his little heart out. [​IMG]!
  6. Noymira

    Noymira Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2011
    Chittenden County, VT
    I have one VERY LOUD Black Copper Marans hen who sings before, after and during laying. She gets so excited about it our rooster joins in too. [​IMG]

    Together they make enough noise that my parents (who live next door) have called to make sure something wasn't attacking them! [​IMG]
  7. tamtam84

    tamtam84 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2010
    SE Missouri
    My barred rock roo (about 8 months old) just did this for the first time yesterday and it cracked me up! My chickens have all been molting and haven't laid any eggs at all for over 6 weeks, but yesterday out of nowhere my Easter Egger hen was singing the egg song and my roo would mimic her! After she did her line, he would sing his line. They went back and forth. It was so funny!

    Like others have said, his song sounded just like hers, except much deeper and more raspy! Wonder if he'll do this from now on? It's kind of cute. I learn something new about my chickens every day and I've had them for over 2 years!
  8. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Yes, my rooster will sing the egg song too. If it has a higher intensity though and is accompanied by the whole flock singing it, it is an alarm call and means extreme danger is nearby. I went running up to my coop one day when I heard it and spotted a bobcat stalking them. Luckily, my dog ran it off for me.

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