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10 Different sounds and noises that chickens make and their meaning

Chickens make sounds and noises to communicate constantly. As highly social beings, they rely on body language and vocal calls to communicate information about their surroundings and their emotions with each other. And if you pay attention, you can also learn to understand and speak their language.

If you are a chicken farmer, no matter what breed, you’ve likely heard them making all sorts of unique noises (some really disturbing!). However, there is generally nothing to worry about. Chickens are capable of producing more than two dozen different sounds and noises, each serving a different purpose.

You can learn a lot about your chickens by listening to what they have to say. Here are some of the most common chicken sounds and noises, as well as what they mean.

What do those chicken noises and sounds mean?

Did you know that chickens can produce more than 24 distinctive sounds/noises? If you answered yes, you are right, but do you know what each of them means? Experts in the study of birds have shown that chickens are very communicative, and can turn to their caretakers to request food or alert us to danger.

Even these wonderful beings can combine some of these noises to communicate something to us, as we humans do. In this article, we are going to talk about the most common chicken sounds and noises you will hear in your chicken coop and what each one means.

1. Crowing of the rooster

All of us at some time in our lives have heard the crowing of a rooster in the morning … right? But the first time you hear a juvenile rooster crow, you may be surprised. Not all songs are the same. Some are short, some are low-pitched, some are single-pitched, and some are just plain weird.

The song is used to communicate many things to the flock:

  • The presence of a predator.
  • The breeder arrives with the food
  • Warning to predators
  • Warning for defiant roosters
  • To show off to the chickens
  • To express a need that must be satisfied
  • And the list goes on. When there is something important to say, the rooster uses his strong voice to spread the word.

2. Rooster growl

When a rooster growls or begins to perform a defiant dance, it is usually a warning or a sign of irritation. He may be telling you, other chickens, or predators that they are about to cross the line. And you don’t want to go there.

3. Rooster’s purr

Roosters are extremely careful with chickens. He takes his job very seriously. He will even speak sweetly to her purring. He often does this if he finds a place with delicious food for his ladies to come to eat alongside him.

A rooster will even demonstrate how his hens should enter the nest and show them how to sit, while he purrs softly at them. The rooster hopes to continue his genes and will do everything possible to help the hens to do so successfully.

4. The Chicken Egg Song

This is the commotion you often hear when the whole chicken coop is in an uproar. This is the sound your hen will make when she has laid or is about to lay an egg. For some reason, the rest of the herd decides to intervene at the time of egg-laying … maybe they are celebrating.

5. Sounds and noises of an upset chicken
Have you ever been scolded by one of your chickens? Well, yes, and it is an unmistakable sound. If your chickens are not satisfied with your presence, or the presence of an unwanted guest (such as a cat), they will make a mid-range cawwww caaaaw noise. Which means – get out of here. Here is a brave example of a hen protecting her chicks.

When a hen is in its nest… it will growl at anyone who gets too close. Be careful. Hen taking care of her chicks

6. An alarmed chicken

This is unmistakable. You’ve probably heard it in some of your favorite cartoons. It is a very loud squawk that a chicken makes when it feels threatened or scared. It often alarms the rest of the herd and is often followed by scolding and complaints from the entire henhouse.

7. Clucking chickens

Clucking is a long, continuous conversation between chickens. This is usually something they do on a daily basis while roaming the chicken coop. You may hear your chickens chirping and chattering slightly as they search for food in the yard.

8. Broody hen song

A broody hen is unmistakable. She has already finished her laying of eggs and now she is incubating them waiting for them to hatch.

If you disturb her in the nest, or if another hen gets too close, she will growl. Yes, chickens can growl! This is an unfriendly warning to keep them away from their nest, her hormones are raging and she wants to be a mom. If you don’t heed the warning, she will likely get a strong peck or several until she leaves.
Chickens leave the nest about once a day usually. During this time she will be angry, moody, and constantly making sounds and noises.

I think this is her way of telling everyone to get out of her way: that she will soon have to go back to the nest. If you stop and look at her, all the other chickens will get out of her way and give her plenty of room. Whatever she is actually saying seems to work very well as a warning to the other chickens.

9. Mother and child communication

The conversation between the hen and her chicks begins even before they hatch! She growls and purrs softly as she sits on the eggs or moves them under her. This early conversation allows the chicks to identify her mother’s voice.

Up to hours before birth, the chicks communicate with their mother. In this way, the mother hen encourages them to hatch and assures them that they are safe.
It has also been shown that mother hens can modify their teaching of chicks based on their understanding and aptitude. If the chick learns slowly, her mom will slow down the lessons until the chick understands.

If you’ve ever had chicks that got separated from Mom, you instantly recognize the frenzied look of “I’m lost, where’s Mom?” The mother will rush to find her chicks and return them to the safety of the nest.

If her mom feels danger, she will make a soft “grrrrrrr” sound. The chicks will become alert and run to Mom to protect themselves from her. She can also use a soft, low noise to warn her chicks to stay still.

If you have raised chicks without a mother, you will have to listen carefully to the sounds and noises they make; they can tell you a lot.

10. Communication of chicks

Pleasure chirp: a soft, irregular chirp that says “I’m here and everything is fine.”

Peep of Satisfaction: A soft sound often used when you settle in for a nap that says “Life is good.”

Anguish tweet: a loud, high-pitched screech that says “I feel unprotected!” Usually due to heat, cold, hunger, or lack of water.

Panic Peep: Loud, insistent peep that says “Help me!”

Alert chirp: A loud, repeated sound that says “Don’t hurt me!”

Chicken sounds and noises are wide and varied if you have been raising chickens for a long time and you love listening to them during their day. Being able to understand them makes chicken watching even more exciting. With these basics, you can delve a little deeper into the complex life of your chickens.

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