The Jane Goodall of Chickens

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by monaname, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. monaname

    monaname Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My husband called me this morning to tell me about the "conversation" the chickens were having in the yard. And then he attempted to mimic the chatter. I had a good laugh. I wonder if anyone has actually studied the language of chickens....like they have whales or apes.....hmmmmm
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Yep, they have. I can never find the article when I need it, but I recall reading an article about the many vocalizations chickens make, particularly the roosters. Roosters have a ton of vocalizations and each one means something different. For example, their alarm calls. A roo will give a certain alarm call for an aerial predator and a different one for a predator on the ground. He also has different vocalizations used in controlling his hens.

    In the absence of a rooster the top hen starts making the same noises.
     
  3. MNShepherdess

    MNShepherdess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh yeah, if you sit and watch, they have their own language. Granted it's not as complex as ours, but it's really amazing! Sit and watch for a while, watch the roosters call the hens to eat some juicy grub, listen to him call for everyone to run when a bird flies over, it's really neat [​IMG]
     
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    And if you have a Chatty Cathy Chicken in your flock, like I do (only her name is Molly and she's a Black Australorp), then you get to listen to her tell you about all the goings on in the yard and coop.

    Berk. Bok bok. Bokbokbokbok bok. Berk. Bok berk. Bok bok bokbok. Bawk? Buh bok. Bok bok bok. GAWK!

    I find myself responding to her with interrogatives. "Oh?". "Is that so?". "No, really?"
     
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  5. MNShepherdess

    MNShepherdess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Haha yeah, I have quite a few of those too [​IMG] Glad I'm not the only one that talks to his or her chickens [​IMG]
     
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I usually wait until I'm inside the coop with the door shut before I start talking to the birds.

    I swear it calms them down and they all listen intently.

    I just wish they'd do what I ask... and lay more eggs.

    OK, I'm certified now.

    CRAZY!
     
  7. hiwasseenursery

    hiwasseenursery Out Of The Brooder

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  8. gmendoza

    gmendoza Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. andythescot

    andythescot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In Sy Montgomery's book Birdology, she writes about the language of chickens how different boks mean different things. Also how they recognize each other and other little behavioral things we often overlook. It was an awesome book, plus it was informative too!
     
  10. N&MSchroeder

    N&MSchroeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My husband and I sometimes mimic the chicken's chatter when we talk to each other, but always when we are referring to someone who is complaining about something that is not important. Kind of like Charlie Brown's teacher. [​IMG]
     

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