Talking Chicken - What does your Hen say to YOU?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sonomacluck, Aug 10, 2018.

  1. Tesumph, Perris, RWise and 4 others like this.
  2. Pugsabi

    Pugsabi Free Ranging

    Jun 5, 2018
    Arlington, Texas
    Welcome to BYC! Thanks for the great article.
    Check this article out @KikisGirls
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  3. OhZark Biddies

    OhZark Biddies Crowing

    Apr 13, 2018
    s. central Missouri
    My Coop
    I couldn’t resist playing the audio files in that article on my phone to see what my chooks would do... the tidbitting sound made the cockerels spazz out a bit, lol
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2018
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  4. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
    Doing so now. Thanks.
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Have read this in the past.....this is the part that struck me the most:
    “Some farmers tell me that despite all the gadgets, their most important piece of technology is a five-gallon bucket,”
  6. RWise

    RWise Songster

    Dec 25, 2012
    Oakhurst Oklahoma
    I had an elderly person visiting and watching my birds, A group of hens and a rooster walked by chatting. This person turned and said "they think they are wild birds, they are speaking wild chicken language", LOL I guess that means they are happy birds,,,
    Interesting article.
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  7. Perris

    Perris Crowing

    Jan 28, 2018
    Gower, Wales
    yes interesting, thanks for posting the link @sonomacluck
    On the 'egg song' though I've been persuaded by @Shadrach 's posts that it's a call to the rooster to fetch the hen and guide her black to the flock - that fits best with my experience.
  8. Biddybot

    Biddybot Chirping

    Aug 4, 2018
    HRM, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Nice article, thanks! I was glad to read that they mentioned that chickens have a good two dozen distinct vocalizations. I remember reading that in one of my old banty books and the thought then was that the extensive vocabularies of chickens was due to how their ancestors live, in the sometimes dense edge vegetation of jungles, where visibility was sometimes compromised, but they could always talk to one another, even when a distance apart.

    Another thing I like about chickens (although they do need access to the outdoors for this) is that they can also learn the languages of other bird species, most particularly alarm calls, which I believe are thought to be somewhat universal as bird-speak goes. I noted this just a couple of days ago when there was another small-bird hawk swoop over my neighbour's feeders. A blue jay there sounded the aerial predator alarm and a couple of my brown-egg layer hens, who were out in the open by themselves, instantly sprinted for cover--man! did they move! All the older chickens also go alert when they hear nearby robins and sparrows tut-tut-tutting. They've learned that such calls mean a ground predator, maybe just the neighbour's cat, but it COULD also be the neighbourhood fox...
  9. OhZark Biddies

    OhZark Biddies Crowing

    Apr 13, 2018
    s. central Missouri
    My Coop
    Back in may the blue jays were raising a ruckus in the backyard ... I watched them and about 10 other species of birds checking something out, all making their own alarm calls, i figured it was a snake... sure enough when I walked down there I found a large black rat snake.

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