Singing chickens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Coop de Grille, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. Coop de Grille

    Coop de Grille Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Egg production has been slowing down and after reading on this forum I figured it must be due to decreased daylight. I was going to put a white light out in the coop for a few hours but I already had Christmas lights up inside so I put them on. I forgot to turn them off before going to bed. I got up at 4am for work and I hear a racket coming from my chickens. I started to panic thinking a predator was in the coop so I ran outside.

    I get half way to the coop and I realize it's not a sound of distress coming from the coop, but ALL of the chickens sounded like they were singing! I swear it was like listening to an organized choir singing. I was not drunk, and not sleepwalking or dreaming (as my husband suggested when I tried to describe it to him) lol... I unplugged the lights and they all instantly stopped and it was dead silent.

    Last night I purposely left the lights on and when I got up at 4am I heard the same thing again. WHAT is going on??? I left them on again tonight and if they are singing again when I get up in the AM I'm going to try to video it. I swear, I'm not crazy!
     
  2. Big A Chickens

    Big A Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2012
    Palmetto, Georgia
    Not quite sure why they would be singing. The only thing that I can think of is if the light is on all night maybe they are finding it difficult to get some rest and are just a little cranky when you go out to check on them. Is it possible for you to add a timer to you lights and have them come on around dusk till 10:00 PM and then 5:00 AM to 8:00 AM. I just heard that this is how some people provide more lighting for their hens giving them a period of darkness to get some rest.

    I would like to know how the singing goes!!!! :)
     
  3. hollys chooks

    hollys chooks Chillin' With My Peeps

    With Christmas lights on perhaps they are practicing their carols. [​IMG]
     

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