TID-BITTING CALL MORE INTERESTING

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by centrarchid, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    I have been having some fun observing my birds using a tid-bitting call to indicate a resource of interest is present. Until recently I thought only roosters and hens made call with reference to food. Since I have found juveniles do so with respect to food and water where calls differ with resource type. I can distinguish the calls for water and feed easily. Over last couple days at least one hen has demonstrated two discrete calls to her chicks. The most frequently produced call is used to indicate something edible such as feed. The second indicates a single small insect. A third indicates mother has found the motherload of tasty insects. The last gets all chicks to run the fastest.
     
  2. Veer67

    Veer67 Chillin' With My Peeps

    That's an interesting observation I should see if my chickens do the same.
     
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Try using a pile of simple scratch versus some mealworms poured into a pile.
     

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