What's this screeching noise my girl makes when she lays?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Moochie, Nov 12, 2010.

  1. Moochie

    Moochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So one of my girls is sitting in the nest box and I wanted to take a picture of her. As I got closer with the camera she made this screeching noise, like nails on a chalkboard, and her neck feathers were all poofed up. I thought she was gonna peck me but when I patted her head she stopped making the noise.
    What is it called and what does it mean?
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    sounds like she is camera shy
     
  3. Moochie

    Moochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:well the other hens have done the noise before. ive just been always curious to what it means...
    usually when i pet them when theyre laying or when another hen bothers them while theyre laying. idk does it mean "go away" or something?
     
  4. crawfordmama

    crawfordmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my girls does this, but I liken the sound to R2D2. She sounds almost electronic. She is a very private layer, and refuses to lay with either me or another hen in the coop. As soon as I'm out of her sight she stops (I sometimes spy on them through the coop windows). I think the noise simply indicates they'd rather be alone.
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    "Go away, do you understand this hurts!!"
     
  6. Domestic_goddess

    Domestic_goddess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some of my hens do this too, and I've always taken it as "it hurts, it hurts"!
     
  7. dwegg

    dwegg Chillin' With My Peeps

    She is Broody... they will do this if they don't want you to take the eggs because they want to sit on them...
     
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    It's a "I'm big and bad, go AWAY!!!"

    I find they are usually silent at egg laying, but will scream and cackle as they leave the nest. Idea is to draw attention to her so her nest is safe.
     
  9. ChickenChik

    ChickenChik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is she sitting on eggs? My hens do that when they are broody.
     
  10. Dora'smom

    Dora'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It could be either. You make a good case for her wanting to lay in private, as you have spent some time observing her, but my first thought was broody. Does she leave the nest readily? If she is broody, she won't.
     

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