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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2011 4:32 pm 
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Im usually pretty good at understanding chicken language but there is one sound i just cant figure out and its common to my isa browns and australorps. it sounds like a purr. their beaks are closed and they stand perfectly still and purr. they are almost hypnotised and wont even flinch if a put a plate of hot corn in front of them. And there seems to be no context to it. Does anyone know what it means?

Its really adorable but quite perplexing :rofl:


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2011 4:39 pm 
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Be afraid! Be very afraid! They are cats in disguise waiting to pounce on passing unsuspecting chooks. :rofl:

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2011 5:06 pm 
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My baby australorps purr to each other when they're happy or settling down for the night


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2011 5:41 pm 
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This appears to be a 'happy chookie' sound. My ISA brown and Australorp both do it occasionally when they have had a nice long dust bathe or free range session, and when settling for the night. I love that sound and take it to mean all is well in palais de chook!

There is another, similar sound, but it has a sharper irritable note to it, which hens make if they're being crowded, annoyed or if you try to take an egg from under a broody hen, but that's really quite distinct from the soft little purr you're describing and its meaning is pretty clear.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2011 6:00 pm 
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Oh one other option - sometimes if one of my girls spots something odd that may be a potential danger (bird flying over head or an airplane going over or whatever) she will stay still and watch it and purr and the others will then do the same for a minute or so. Bizarre to see them all in action.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2011 6:24 pm 
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Pocket wrote:
Oh one other option - sometimes if one of my girls spots something odd that may be a potential danger (bird flying over head or an airplane going over or whatever) she will stay still and watch it and purr and the others will then do the same for a minute or so. Bizarre to see them all in action.

Clare


Oh, that's very possible too. Mine all just freeze when that kind of thing happens. Haven't noticed any purring, but I have seen the 'statues' game, often.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2011 9:40 am 
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One of my chooks...a school based hatching baby acquisition does this and its very clear that she is extremely content at the time.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2011 9:56 am 
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One of my araucana bantams purrs contentedly when I gently stroke her back, just like a cat. :)

The ara bantam rooster sometimes goes into a nestbox and growls, just like a dog..... :biggrin: (true, it's not a joke!)

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2011 10:39 pm 
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Lol if its a contented/happy sound then i should probably stop prodding them until they snap out of it :rofl: :rofl: every time i catch my chickens hypnotised and purring I give them a good pat, if it tried to do it any other time they would run away from me like im coming at them with an axe :shock:


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2011 5:00 pm 
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My chookies used to make a low purring noise and instantly freeze if they spotted danger - usually hawks above. I have seen them in this frozen trance for quite some minutes until they feel safe again.
One seems to be the lookout and the moment she makes the sound, nobody questions it but they just freeze where they stand until the all clear is given. Good to watch
They do make other happy purring sounds too but without the stance
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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2015 10:14 am 
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New to owning chickens. The city approved three chickens... we bought two ISA browns. I love observing them. I,too, noticed that they "purr." One purred and ate an insect. I made the same sound and both became hypnotized for about 5 minutes. One laid down after about three minutes while the other stayed in a walking stance. Too funny. :clnava


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Welcome to the forum & poultry keeping, 2karen22! :-) Enjoy your new companions.


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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2015 7:05 pm 
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I think that 38 different chicken sounds and their meanings have been identified. I still try to understand some of the most common ones (after 25 years).
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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2015 7:55 pm 
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Ive noticed 2 distinct 'purring' sounds with my wyandottes
- a really contented happy sound , often made by the younger pullets when they are all getting ready for the night and finding their perfect sleeping possie in the hay
- and a low 'purr' that the adults make to each other.....if i hear this i dash out ready for the hawk/wedgie/python/goanna that is nearby.


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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2015 8:44 pm 
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My two little Faverolles bantams purr to each other when they snuggle up for the night on their roost. Most adorable thing ever.


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