Weird noises

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Direchicken, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. Direchicken

    Direchicken Out Of The Brooder

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    We got a 3 week old Salmon Faverolle from a place where it was being raised in a crowd of chicks of different breeds and ages. We got it to provide some company to two day old chicks (a Buff Orp/Leghorn and a bantam Silkie). The three have all bonded well, but the Faverolle doesn't seem quite right. She displays an unfortunate combination of flightiness and clumsiness, sometimes jumping straight up in the air and landing on top of one of our other chickens for no apparent reason. As a result, the bigger ones peck her every time she comes close. She also has the oddest voice, her calls being remarkably variable but sounding nothing like any chicken I've heard. She sometimes sounds like a creaky gate, sometimes like a whistling kettle, sometimes like a distant bird of prey, and sometimes like an autumn songbird practicing its subsong! Does anyone have any ideas whether this is just the breed (she's our first Fav) or whether it might be something else?
     
  2. 7&8

    7&8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love your description of the little Faverolle! [​IMG]

    Five toed chickens...I've only had one, a hen, and she was "different." I've read that the breed tends to be laid back, and mine was that. She was a "croaker"; had a very odd voice when she made noise. The most interesting thing was her place in the pecking order. Because she was so laid back, none of the other birds ever minded her presence. It's not as if the Fav's place in the pecking order was at the bottom, but rather that she was so temperate, the flock didn't acknowledge her as any sort of threat. She was a faithful layer; shy, yet tolerated handling well. Sassafras was hawk fodder, and she is missed.
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    I would definitely consider having more Faverolles sometime. I hope that you enjoy yours! [​IMG]
     
  3. Direchicken

    Direchicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the reply, 7&8. Sassafrass looks like a bonny lass, sorry to hear the hawks got her. I'm starting to think that, up to a point, the breed doesn't matter so much as the rearing, when it comes to chicken personalities. Nurture over nature. I'd love to try raising some faverolles from eggs and see what they turned out like. Our other 5-toe, little white silkie bantam Dilly, was got from the same farm as the faverolle. She is very placid but a strident shouter when left alone more than a couple of seconds!
     

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