Something I've always wanted to know...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by max13077, May 15, 2009.

  1. max13077

    max13077 Songster

    When I go into the coop I say hi to the chickens. I know, I'm losing it. If that bothers you, I also tell them what good chickies they are, etc.

    That said, when I do such a greeting, all the chickens twitch their heads quickly for a second, then stop. Say something again, they do the head twitch again. Why? Are they trying to hear better? Am I really that annoying to listen to? [​IMG]
  2. raroo

    raroo Songster

    Nov 5, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    They are just listening to you. [​IMG] I talk to my girls all the time and they always respond like that, and they also murmur and cluck back to me! Often I cluck at them and imitate their noises, no you're not losing it! [​IMG]
  3. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Songster

    Feb 15, 2009
    Northern California
    They don't like the tone of your voice. lol. Try squeeking in a really high pitched voice and watch them twitch. They're not mad or anything, they just think you're talking a little too high for them.
  4. DDRanch

    DDRanch Songster

    Feb 15, 2008
    I thought we all talked to our chickens......I must confess I recently started singing while cleaning out the coop and doing other chicken chores. I was surprised to discover that when I sing (and I am pretty off key I think) they are more underfoot than usual. They either really like it, or they are trying very hard to discourage me. Can't really tell.....ha.

  5. The Wolf Queen

    The Wolf Queen Songster

    May 2, 2009
    Albuquerque, NM
    You would be crazy if you DIDNT do that. [​IMG]
  6. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    That's their way of acknowledging what you're saying- at least that's what I tell myself!

    Mine talk back to me in different ways based on my tone- I get a guffaw out of them if I make silly noises...yes, we're all a bit off....[​IMG]
  7. Cherokee Rose

    Cherokee Rose In the Brooder

    Apr 21, 2009
    Tucker Hill
    Nothing wrong with talking to the chickens...after all, they can be social animals! Our barred rock roo talks back to us, laughs, and he really does understand what we're saying! Oh, and he likes music, especially Green Day.
    Keep talking to them. You may feel like you're a little crazy, but you'll find that it helps them and you. Besides, in this world, you're crazy NOT to be crazy. [​IMG]
  8. astylishgirl

    astylishgirl Animal Lover Supreme

    Apr 27, 2009
    Beaumont, Texas
    I go to the brooder and talk to my chicks and they just look up at me with adoring eyes... cough cough. Uh yeah.. maybe! I tell them what good chicks they are and how awesome they are etc.

    When I got my 3 araucanas, my husband couldn't stop laughing at me because I was telling them what special birds they were and how rare and wonderful!
  9. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Songster

    Jun 7, 2008
    Scappoose Oregon
    Talkign is great but when you get in arguments and lose then you've got a problem.
  10. TennesseeTruly

    TennesseeTruly Songster

    Mar 5, 2009
    Church Hill, TN
    I talk to all animals. Heck, I talk to my plants and the trees on my property. Then again, I'm a tree hugger. LOL

    When I go into the room where I brood my chickens, my 3 gold lace cochin bantys fly up to my shoulder and I sing to them. ROFL!! They sit there on my shoulder while I turn eggs and take care of the other chickens, all the while I talk to them telling them what I'm doing.

    Nuts? Maybe. But I love them! And they "chatter" back to me the whole time.


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