The Funniest Sound I've Ever Heard From a Bird

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by TheBantyCoop, Nov 3, 2015.

  1. TheBantyCoop

    TheBantyCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I heard one of my five month old girls making the strangest noise today. It was really loud. Like worry about your neighbors loud....

    It was like a classic stereotypical noise, like a BUCK-BUCK-BUCK-BUCK-BA-CAWK, but louder than I've ever heard. I looked around the coop for an egg, wondering if it was a strange egg song, but after through search I concluded that there was no egg.

    So, what was up with that sound, any ideas?
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Maybe something scared her? My flock seem to listen to the squirrels in my garden - if they start making alarm calls, then so does the flock - even though they have no clue what they are clucking about!

    CT
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Alarm call is very similar to 'egg song'.
     
  4. TheBantyCoop

    TheBantyCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thats an interesting idea, I bet thats what it was. I didn't find anything "scary" around the coop while one of them was making the sound, but if they would make that sound even if the forget why its probably it. [​IMG]
     
  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

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    They'll also sing the egg song when thinking about an egg, when someone else has laid an egg, when getting practiced up for the first egg, after laying an egg. Alarm call, and where are you call sounds similar. My rooster sings the egg song along with the best of the hens, but he adds his classic chatter at the end of every stanza of the egg song.
     
  6. Cacique500

    Cacique500 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is my BO doing the egg song...



    She also does it (or a sound very close) when she's irritated (squirrel, cardinal, etc.)
     
  7. TheBantyCoop

    TheBantyCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ha that rooster, super cute! [​IMG]
     
  8. TheBantyCoop

    TheBantyCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup thats the sound all right, louder than I expected. Do they make that sound daily? I'm a little worried about some of my less tolerant neighbors, despite their little dogs who yap 50x louder than the hens cluck. [​IMG]
     
  9. Cacique500

    Cacique500 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are fairly quiet but they can do it daily. The good news is it's almost only for a couple minutes...not like the neighbors 60 pound dog that barks for 45 minutes straight until they let it back in.

    A few cartons of eggs scattered strategically amongst the neighbors will work wonders. We have one neighbor that we don't really get along with (and she's also on the HOA board...technically no chickens where I am)...but she loves them...reminds her of when she was a little girl and somebody (grandfather?) had them on his farm. So you never know what you'll run into.

    I've also told the neighbors what that sound means...kinda puts it in perspective when they hear it they know that the chicken just laid an egg. Not like a dog barking for no reason!
     
  10. TheBantyCoop

    TheBantyCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the advice! Neighbors are tough, I have an abnormal abundance of good ones and a couple bad eggs.
     

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