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Strange humming sound from my pullet!?!??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by nlbeardmore, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. nlbeardmore

    nlbeardmore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have just been outside to my flock and my white silkie pullet is making a strange humming noise, sort of in time with her breathing. It isnt really a wheezing sound just a bird sound i guess. I am unsure of her age as we bought her from a market, however she must be near to 20 weeks old. Does any one know what this could mean? she's not acting herself, off her food and keeps sitting down, until i go to pick her up and then she goes mad (never really been a fan of being held).
    Any help would be great as i dont want her to suffer if she is sick.
    Thankyou!
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    A trilling sound is their happy sound. Mine do it when they are snoozing under the coop, on the roosts at night, dust bathing, etc.

    But I'm betting you have a broody. (not a hard assumption to make with a silkie) Is she on the nest at night?
     
  3. doubleatraining

    doubleatraining Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 5 week old BO that I swear "purrs" when she is on her roost. She is such a happy little bird!
     
  4. nlbeardmore

    nlbeardmore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's difficult to explain, she hasn't started laying yet, and can't be broody because she is not sitting in a nest,just random places in the coop and moves around alot. Iv heard the 'purring' sound too and it's not like that, it's quite high pitched! Could it be that she is preparing to start laying eggs?
     
  5. KWAK

    KWAK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had broody hens lay around the coop before they get on the eggs, they dont always go straigt to eggs before laying, i also have had hens go broody before laying eggs (well atleast i didnt find any, she was my only bantam and i had no small eggs?)
     

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