Talk to your eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Lil Chickie Mama, Sep 19, 2009.

  1. Lil Chickie Mama

    Lil Chickie Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2009
    So mama hen would cluck to her eggs to let them learn her voice right? Do you talk to your eggs? If anyone has tried this (I'm sure there are more than a few [​IMG] ) did it seem to make a difference?
  2. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    [​IMG] [​IMG], No wait !!!, this is a joke right.

  3. Lil Chickie Mama

    Lil Chickie Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2009
    Sadly no. I'm serious. I just read a post where someone was talking about her broody mama hen clucking and cooing to her eggs. In an incubation YOU are the mama hen so I was just curious if it made a difference with the imprinting. This is my first time with chickens so forgive my stupidity, but I've never had eggs or a broody or anything. I don't know how it works or what most people do. So still, does anyone do this?
  4. Lil Chickie Mama

    Lil Chickie Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2009
    P.S. Who really knows what's going on in a chicken's head, for all I know she may not be trying to get them to know her voice (that's just what the post said) she's saying "Hey hurry up and get out of there I have a life to live! There are better things for me to see and better bugs to catch outside this nest!" Either that or, "Don't make me come in there" [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2009
  5. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    Yes, absolutely. I do talk to my eggs, and so do my kids. The chick (duckling, in my case) can hear us just as well as we can hear it once it pips. Granted, I don't start talking until it's nearly hatch time, but then I talk to them every time I look in the incubator.

    I do this so much, my toddler thinks the word for "egg" is "cheep! cheep!" [​IMG]

    When the babies start hatching, you can actually watch the effect of talking to them. If one has begun to zip and is taking a break, try talking (you can "cheep" or "quack" or cluck, whatever feels right to you, lol) and see what happens. It nearly always gets mine back to work chipping away.

    And yes, I do speak English to them too, but I'm not *positive* they understand me. [​IMG]
  6. The Sheriff

    The Sheriff Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 17, 2009
    Northern CA
    Guilty, in baby talk voice too. [​IMG]
  7. Guily at charge. Since im preg, i talk a lot to the baby but i also talk to my eggs expecially #11. For some odd reason, Im not sure why, Im very attracted to egg #11. Everytime I pick it up, Im always cooing it and baby talking it. No idea why, it's weird.
  8. mulia24

    mulia24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    hope they didn't need any dictionary or translator to translate what we said to chick language. [​IMG]
  9. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    When our eggs from pasofinofarm were hatching, my little girl would sit by the incubator and cluck and peep.

    She believes she got them to hatch faster that way by encouraging them. Who knows, maybe she did. She named one of them Peep .... still waiting for Peep's first egg.
  10. neferset

    neferset Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2009
    Western North Carolina
    Do they ever hatch too early for you when you encourage them or do you get chicks that are too weak to survive? That happened to me twice in my first two hatches and I'm getting reluctant to whistle to them or try to interact with them while they are still in the shell because of it.

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