Farm Rooster sound that’s new to us

meandk0610

Veteran Member
One of our roosters has been making sort of a cooing or turkey-like sound. He seems to be making it when some of the hens in the other pen are saying they’re done laying eggs or if they’re fussing. Maybe he’s just trying to woo them from afar, but we’ve never heard this before. Any thoughts?

 

Countrymouse

Country exile in the city
I've heard hens making that sound--usually to their chicks--but never a rooster before. Is he a young rooster--that is, is this his first year as an adult?
 

dawgofwar10

Senior Member
I guess Cock A Diddle Doo, Any Cock Will Do, is now offensive to the liberal side of the egg layers. In the near future God forbid, you order Eggs Whites only Omelet!!! Sorry, just as Mr. Natural always said..... Keep Your Sunny Side Up!!!......:shr::shr::shr:
 

meandk0610

Veteran Member
I've heard hens making that sound--usually to their chicks--but never a rooster before. Is he a young rooster--that is, is this his first year as an adult?
Yes, all but 2 of the chickens we have now were from last spring.

He’s done the sleepy sound before too. I haven’t heard many of the other chickens do that, but we did hear some do it when we had a large flock a few years ago.

ETA: We have heard him crow and he definitely covers his hens in the evenings so I don’t think there’s anything hormonal. He does seem to be the best-mannered/most caring of the roosters, though.
 

zeker

Veteran Member
we had a rooster we called mr grumbles

you would hear him coming, b4 you saw him

sounded like an old man grumbling

it was hilarious

I now have a 1 legged rooster

somehow in his early life (last spring)

he dislodged his leg rite at the hip

it just swings and he hops

he does do his rooster 'duties'

but is harrased by his 2 fellow roos
 

Dobbin

Faithful Steed
Maybe a "totally dominated" rooster? Wants to make the sound, but other roosters higher in the "pecking order" keep him from totally self identifying. So he "tones it down?"

Chickens, unlike humanity, are aware of a pecking order - and by their nature and natural selection attempt to fit in at their peril.

Dobbin
 

meandk0610

Veteran Member
Maybe a "totally dominated" rooster? Wants to make the sound, but other roosters higher in the "pecking order" keep him from totally self identifying. So he "tones it down?"

Chickens, unlike humanity, are aware of a pecking order - and by their nature and natural selection attempt to fit in at their peril.

Dobbin
Maybe. Three of the chickens in there, including him, were removed from the main pen because they were being picked on. He was definitely low man on the totem pole.
 

meandk0610

Veteran Member
Is he alerting them that the big egg thief (you) are making your daily rounds?
I considered that, but we haven’t picked up eggs in that pen in about a week, and none of the other roosters have made the sound. Maybe it’s like Dobbin said and it’s a sound only a subordinate rooster would make. :shr:
 

Walrus Whisperer

Hope in chains...
Bird sex is something called a "cloacal kiss". The openings touch, semen passes to the female. The poor female usually gets the worst of it because he is on top of her so she can get raked/injured from him trying to arrange the parts to achieve the parts touching. Roosters are not known for their ability to finesse mating.:turk2: I watched one of my young roosters once trying to get an older experienced hen, he missed and I saw the "package" shoot off into space beside. Ewwww!
I don't keep roos anymore. Not worth their keep.
 

Kennori

Contributing Member
Mine make strange noises when they are mating or hungry. It sounds to me like a cross between a Canadian goose in flight and a bagpipe being played by a 3 year old.
 

Cardinal

Snark: a higher form of communication
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Chickens in general make a huge variety of sounds.
That one was interesting, never heard it in my own.
 

FireDance

Has No Life - Lives on TB
Mine make strange noises when they are mating or hungry. It sounds to me like a cross between a Canadian goose in flight and a bagpipe being played by a 3 year old.
What a way to have “fun”. Lol. Well, humans would not make attractive noises to chickens, so maybe we are even.
 
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