The trilling game

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickenalfredo, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. chickenalfredo

    chickenalfredo In the Brooder

    Mar 28, 2013
    When I sit in my chicken coop with my 13 week old chickens while they go to bed, they make trilling noises and I answer them with shhhh. We do this every night and I was wondering if it means anything.Any help would be great.
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Free Ranging Staff Member Premium Member 9 Years

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    A trilling sound is their happy sound. I love to listen to it too.
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  3. SteveWin

    SteveWin In the Brooder

    Apr 11, 2018
    I agree, it seems to be a happy sound. I hear it when they're settled into my palms, or laying on my forearm with their head nestled under my arm, or perched on my shoulder whispering it in my ear - it's almost like when a cat purrs.

    I've heard that roos and mother hens will make a similar sound, lower pitched and a little softer, which seems to mean "I see danger, quietly come closer to me". But the "trill" - almost like a pigeon coo, but a note higher in pitch, is definitely a happy sound.
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  4. ChooksNQuilts

    ChooksNQuilts Crowing

    Nov 26, 2017
    Southwest Idaho
    I have a young bantam Cochin pullet who trills so much she sounds like a singing cricket so I changed her name from Merry to Cricket. :love

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