Screaming Hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by RedOkra, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. RedOkra

    RedOkra Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a wyandotte hen who has started this new thing just over the last couple of days - Its only when shes in the coop (and not ever on the nest), and if I go into the coop she lets out this awful, very long, high-pitched screeeeam. She looks like a dinosaur. I'm guessing this is just a little warning for me, but its new behavior so I'm just wondering if I should be worried?

    P.s. For everyone who helped me identify my disgruntled BR as broody: She's now on day 13 sitting on her first nest of 5 eggs. I've candled three times and all five eggs are fertile with healthy embryos! Thanks guys!
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    My guess would be she's demanding a treat. My Wyandottes were pushy girls.
     
  3. mdbokc

    mdbokc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like a treat demand as well. I have a RIR that runs up to me with a long, totally obnoxious, scream. Sounds nothing like I would expect a chicken to sound.

    She gets no treats for it either.
     
  4. NanaLantana

    NanaLantana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds to me like she's in the beginning 'broody' stages. Next stage is she'll bok, bok, bok, to herself for about a week, then she'll start plunking her fluffy butt down, and won't get up. Just my thought! One of my hens screamed before becoming broody.
     
  5. RedOkra

    RedOkra Out Of The Brooder

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    Hah! That would not surprise me actually. I have a big garden and they've been given treats all summer long but as the season winds down, I dont have as many to give them. And given that shes one of the only hens that has a name (because initially, many of them were going to be for eating, though of course.... that never happened!), she's probably on the spoiled side [​IMG]
     
  6. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I had a head hen GLW that screamed when I introduced new pullets.

    Imp
     

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