Stupid Rooster Singing Egg Song While Hawk Attacks!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by RAnst4038, Nov 25, 2014.

  1. RAnst4038

    RAnst4038 Chirping

    Apr 23, 2014
    Jacobus, Pa
    I heard the egg song so I looked out the window and there was a Broad-wing standing right there but I thought it was a hen. My attention was on the rooster singing the egg song. So I hollered at the rooster "What is wrong with you". That made the hawk take off and fly up in a tree. I ran outside and started counting chickens. Couldn't find Gloria, I finally found a pile of feathers and Gloria stuffed between two old garage door sections I had stacked behind the shed. I dug her out and checked her over. She managed to survive unscathed no thanks to the stupid rooster. This is what you end up with after generations of hatched chickens with no socialization. [​IMG]
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  2. Peeps61

    Peeps61 Songster

    Apr 19, 2014
    NW Florida
    Interesting! Could it be that the rooster associated the egg song with an alarm call? I've seen some of my hens do weird things like that from time to time. So far, all my new girls are still very leery of anything they are not familar with, but they are growing braver. Two are laying and I've not heard the egg song yet, although my three older girls will sing it quite often. ????
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    The 'egg song' sounds remarkably like the alarm call.
    So it was an alarm call you heard.
    Rooster not stupid.
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2014
  4. Peeps61

    Peeps61 Songster

    Apr 19, 2014
    NW Florida
    I guess it depends on the breed of the rooster. Mine never sounded that way and was a rather good protector of his hens - he died for them earlier this year. However, I have heard him make a large variety of sounds, so an egg song sound would not be out of the question!
  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Crossing the Road

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    He was sounding the alarm call, I am pretty sure. It may have sounded like the egg song to you, but I would bet that the hens were on alarm. He sounds like a good rooster to me. I have have hawks as well, and mine all head under the 3 pine trees where the chickens hang out. My rooster sounds the alarm almost every other day around here.
  6. GhettoRoo

    GhettoRoo Songster

    Oct 7, 2014
    Egg sound..
    Thats is when hen layed hers egg and start crow it, and then rooster repeated.
    This ``sound`` is like a swearing too, and roosters and hens do it after `contact attacks` by predators.
  7. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Yes, they're a lot alike, the "egg song" and alarm call. I have had tons of experience with hearing the alarm, and still the egg song will often fool me into running out, expecting to find a predator.

    There's another vocalization that precedes the alarm call, and it's five notes in quick succession, "Bawk, bawk, bawk, bawk, bawk!" each note having the same emphasis. If it's danger approaching, it's this one you hear. If it's a human or friendly animal, the emphasis is on the third note. Most people don't notice this phrase as it's being vocalized since it's very quiet and subtle. Then the loud alarm call goes into effect, and they won't shut up until danger is past.
  8. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    What you are calling the "egg song" is what I call a warning "trill" and they are not that similar to me. Rooster or hen with chicks produces sound that tells other birds in flock to freeze. A slight modification to sound calls chicks up under hens spread wings or directs them to dive into heavy cover. Sounds for latter activities may not be exactly the same as I have not heard them enough to discern. The trill usually produced when raptor not on an actual attack run at bird making call. Hawk making an attack run elicits a very different call.
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