Learn the Lingo – Lets Speak Chicken!

Like all animals, chickens have their own way of communicating. They are more capable and cunning than we have ever realized – they have their own language! They are capable of communicating danger, announcing a new egg, chatting to their friends and much more!

They use vocal communication, and gestures to convey meaning, and scientist have recentlly discovered that clever chickens may be as crafty as humans…

In fact, a study carried out by Dr K-lynn Smith and Professor Chris Evans from the Centre for the Integrative Study of Animal Behaviour at Macquarie University found that chickens are social animals, who use complex communication skills, and adjust what they say depending on who’s listening!!

Some Chook calls…

The titbit call: A distinct “tuc-tuc-tuc-tuc-tuc-tuc-tuc-tuc” sound

The warning call: This is a common one when a predatory bird is spotted in the sky. It is a short but accentuated “tuck!” It is usually followed by complete silence, which is only broken once the spotted creature is deemed as non-threatening.

The egg call: This one surfaces when an egg has been laid. It is usually started by the hen who laid, and conveyed by other hens or the cockerel. It is generally a “kaaaeeee-ka-ka-ka-ka-kaaaeee!” 

The alarm call: This one is similar to the egg call, only it is a more desperate, drawn-out sound.

Wild Panic: This is not really an ordered sound, consisting of loud, desperate screeching. It is rarely found, and even then usually marks a serious situation, such as a fox attack.

The Cluck: This is the common chicken sound, a soft cluck exhibited almost constantly! It is simply the chickens chatting, bonding and interacting! It is a soft, gently “cluck-cluck-cluck-cluck-cluck-cluck

Mother Call: This is a sound the mother makes to her chicks. She is teaching them, and bonding with them.

The ”Go away, Im broody” cluck: An irritated cuc-tuc-cuc-tuc-cuc-tuc-cuc-tuc-cuc-tuc-cuc-tuc

Thee are some of the most common calls and sounds, there are many more, in fact, at least 30 have been identified!