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What was she thinking!

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by mrs918, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. mrs918

    mrs918 Chirping

    Jan 14, 2011
    I was woken up this AM by one of my girls bawking at the top of her lungs. At first I thought my neighbors kid had some kinda loud squeaky horn thing... but quickly realized my chickens were the culprits! I run out back praying that they are ok... just to find June my RIR pacing back in forth in her run "bawking". The other three were by themselves sitting calmly in the coop. I still have NO clue what her issue was! Once I came out she calmed down, and didn't do it again.

    Was she upset cos I was later than normal getting up and checking on them?! That seems outlandish... But Im at a loss.
    I am 90% sure she's a she and not a he...(I posted her on here, and most people agreed on a she verdict)
    the bawking was nothing like an attempt at a crow. But Im now questioning myself...
    I was hoping it was the "egg song" but no eggs as of yet... They are just about 16 weeks now.

    Anyways... here's to hoping it doesn't become a habit!

    The culprit a few weeks ago...She's pretty much the same now

  2. hennyannie

    hennyannie Songster

    Mar 12, 2011
    North Carolina
    She is probably just practicing the song for later. The two RIRs I have in my flock right now are the loudest most vocal of all. They seem to want to alert folks two states away that they layed an egg.
  3. mrs918

    mrs918 Chirping

    Jan 14, 2011
    Well I hope you're right ! I can't wait for the first eggs ...though that bawking may not rest well with the neighbors. We are in the city....
  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Hmmm.... a noisy hen sometimes settles down when she starts laying. But not always!

    I looked at your other post- despite the thinner legs, I'm wondering if you don't have a slow-developing rooster after all.
  5. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    Big Sister can really let loose when she lays an egg. She'll talk about it for 15 minutes.


    Little Sister, however, is very quiet about her egg laying abilities.

  6. mrs918

    mrs918 Chirping

    Jan 14, 2011
    Quote:Oh hope not....i really don't want to have to get rid of "her". But being in the city I won't have much choice!
  7. Pele

    Pele Songster

    Feb 25, 2011
    Unfortunately RIRs are braggers as a general rule. My friend has two of them, and I've personally been nearby when their big RIR hen lays. Let me tell you, that little lady spends about half an hour making a fuss over the fact that she's laid.

    Hens DO get more vocal when they get near laying. Most of them eventually quiet down, but RIRs seem to have a different definition of 'quiet down'.

    I sympathize with your position, I am a city chicken owner too. I had to make sure that I picked the quietest breeds possible over the breeds I originally wanted. I wouldn't give away my sex-links for the world now though [​IMG]

  8. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Songster

    Feb 18, 2011
    To be honest, chickens are louder than I thought they would be. My BR makes a ton of noise when she lays. My Delaware is practicing for the big day like crazy.
  9. MetalSmitten

    MetalSmitten Songster

    Apr 11, 2010
    bloomington, indiana
    probably the egg song [​IMG] your neighbors would really complain for 15 minutes of bocking a day? there are dogs that bark more than that... you could always insulate/soundproof their coop a little better to muffle her song.
  10. mrs918

    mrs918 Chirping

    Jan 14, 2011
    I'm crossing my fingers for the "egg song"!! My neighbors probably wouldn't complain .... But I just don't want to be the one causing issues either.

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