I was going to post something like this a few times but each time I either forgot or thought better of it. An incident happened today that reminded me
I was outside with my dogs and heard one of the chickens cackling. It was answered by another hen across the yard. They kept at it back and forth for
quite some time. The one nearest to me wasn't moving but the other was. It was one of those what the hell moments. I don't know if they were
keeping track on where each other were or if it was gossip about food or whatever.
Anyway, it reminded me of something I read years ago. The subject was on chicken communication. In the article, the author said how scientists
discovered that chickens have a language with specific calls related to mating, predators, and food-to name a few. I forget the site I saw it on or
I'd link it. For that matter, I can't find a related video. Either I'm stupid today or the internet is. Sorry. I did, however, find others related to
the subject that may be of interest.
Chickens have over 30 distinct vocalizations that communicate a wide range of information pertaining to territory, mating, nesting, distress,
danger or fear, contentment and food discovery. (2)
A January, 2013, feature story in The Scientific American called The Startling Intelligence of the Common Chicken opens by explaining that the chicken
“can be deceptive and cunning, that it possesses communication skills on par with those of some primates and that it uses sophisticated signals to
convey its intentions. When making decisions, the chicken takes into account its own prior experience and knowledge surrounding the situation. It can
solve complex problems and empathizes with individuals that are in danger.”
The woman in this video shows different sound that chickens make and explains their possible meanings.
This documentary is about, you guessed it, chickens. It should shed more light on the subject.
The following video is very informative. In it, you'll find out about all things chicken.
edit on 12-7-2015 by Skid Mark because: (no reason given)
We have chickens, I was raised around chickens and have a finely tuned ear to their talk. I know when an egg has been layed, when one has hatched,
when one found an unexpected food source, when hawks are approching, etc.
It is amazing how they communicate in their little part of our part of this big world. I love it!
The call they were using was the egg laying one. The funny thing is that neither were laying eggs at the time.
I've seen the hawk warning call in action. The chickens get low to the ground and scatter when they hear it. Ducks and geese do the same thing. I saw
them doing that at a park once. There was a pond with ducks and geese all around. A hawk flew over and the call went out from both ducks and geese.
They gathered their chicks around them and got low to the ground.
Not only chickens but any group or family of birds and animals will banter with each other. I feed birds out back, a family group will land and feed.
Theres fledglings, sentries and kin all chirping at once, but if you listen they are talking to each other, the sentry is making one constant sound,
the all clear that changes when he spies trouble (and they all flit in an instant), the baby bird is crying for mama to feed it even though food is
lying at its feet, the rest are chirp chirping I can only presume to say yes, all good, I'm here, theres food, Im full, I'm not.
Groups of crows arrive and start calling to others to-- come the bread is out. They call and cafaw until its gone.
Squirrels sing their alarm barks when a hawk is overhead.
Nesting birds call territory songs that fills the surrounding area, a walk with the dog reveals where they're nested by the sounds they make. I talk
to them too, they change their tune or fall silent when you do that, I have no idea what I'm saying to them.
I always think when a chicken lays an egg they sound like this "chook chook chook chook" and then "big egg , big egg , big egg"! Listen next time I'm
sure they say " big egg" as they brag about what they just laid. Well my dad's chickens do. Oh and indonesian chickens sound different from nz
chickens. Happy laying ladies.
They are bitching about the weather, the feed and the next door neighbor. They are also telling you to get of their back they will lay the damn eggs
when they are good and ready. Oh, and for the record they prefer olive oil over crisco.
Thanks, though with some experience already will help out when I have land again and some chickens. I'm participial to duck communication which
varies with different duck families, with more experience in raising ducks and ducklings.
For the sake of cute but with some communication: A lil bit into the video the duckling is chirping, as a happy sound, while bathing
One of my favorite moments in ranch life is that first outing a mama hen has with her baby
Chicks; her wings extended and slightly get curved to shield them from any perceived harm; her reassuring clucking and warning to others "don't mess
with MY babies! 😀😀
It's beautiful to watch.
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