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Do Chickens Have a Sense of Humor? (this is a 'serious' question based on observations)
May, 31, 2014 | lee martell

Posted on 05/31/2014 6:43:00 PM PDT by lee martell

I work at a group home in Novato for disabled adults. I enjoy the job and my co-workers. I also like the city of Novato, a little to the north of San Francisco. Novato is a decent sized town, at 27 square miles, and a population of about 52000. There is a comfortable balance of the urban and the rural in this city. Many neighborhoods have started to keep a small group of chickens in their backyards. I believe roosters are allowed too, if they don't raise too much ruckus. I was at the group home today in the staff room, updating the medication log, when outside the rear window I began to hear a peeping noise. That peeping noise turned out to be one of the large hens that live in the house behind where I work. I was on hold with the pharmacy, and I heard this bird chirping out some sort of remarks to her sister hens. It sounded for all the world as though she was telling them something over and over that made the other two hens roar and cackle with laughter.

It was hysterical, I was on hold, with the pharmacy, and I listened as the lead Hen told her story a second time, but at a higher octave, and with a different ending. The other hens acted as though they had just heard the dirtiest, wildest joke ever to be told in a Novato backyard. They laughed for a good ten minutes. You know how contagious laughter can be, right? I soon also felt like laughing, but about what? When the pharmacist returned on the phone with my medicine orders, I was just about to explain to her why I was sniggering, but I thought no, she's gonna wonder if I'm in need of 'medication' myself. So I said nothing. Being from Detroit, I was not around many live chickens growing up, but after being in Novato a few years, I can now say I know the difference between how a Hen clucks vs how a Rooster clucks. I think they may have been reacting to a greedy pair of Blue Jays that kept coming by to help themselves to the Sunflower Seeds on the ground. Anyone else had such an experience listening to 'A Hen Party"?


TOPICS: Humor; Pets/Animals; Society
KEYWORDS: chickens; poultryspeakstome; whyditcrosstheroad
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1 posted on 05/31/2014 6:43:00 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: lee martell

My neighbor has a dog named Sam. He talks to me. He says things. Bad things.


2 posted on 05/31/2014 6:47:14 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Fegelein! Fegelein! Fegelein!)
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To: lee martell

Why does everybody feel the need to question the chicken about crossing the road?

Bunch’a damn fascists.


3 posted on 05/31/2014 6:51:12 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
You should listen to Sam. He has some important work for you to do with your Bulldog .44.
4 posted on 05/31/2014 6:51:27 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: lee martell

They keep trying to cross the road all the time, don’t they?


5 posted on 05/31/2014 6:52:34 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read newspapers you are misinformed)
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To: cripplecreek

Why did the libertarian chicken cross the road?

“Why do you need to know? Do you have a warrant? Am I being detained? Am I free to go?”


6 posted on 05/31/2014 6:53:22 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: lee martell

I know blue jays do. I was sitting on the porch one day watching a blue jay watch our cat prepare a hole to go to the bathroom in. After said hole met the cat’s standards he turned around to put it to use. Just then the jay flew right by the cat and cat lunged at him but missed. Messed his hole up so he straightened it out meticulously. when satisfied he turned around to do his morning business and here came the blue jay again. This went on for a good ten minutes. It was hilarious and yes birds do have a sense of humor.


7 posted on 05/31/2014 6:54:20 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: Lazamataz

Well you know. I realize some chickens are moderate.

Not all chickens are buffalo wings but all buffalo wings are chicken.


8 posted on 05/31/2014 6:54:47 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: lee martell

There would certainly be a lot more to them than we can really know.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybVb3t560oY


9 posted on 05/31/2014 6:55:20 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Do you have a neighbor named Craig?


10 posted on 05/31/2014 6:55:53 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: lee martell

“Do Chickens Have a Sense of Humor?”

The feminist ones sure don’t.


11 posted on 05/31/2014 6:58:20 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: cripplecreek

My cat seems to, based on his “oh yeah piss me off, well im gonna *wets on clothes*


12 posted on 05/31/2014 6:58:26 PM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

LOL!!!


13 posted on 05/31/2014 6:59:10 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: lee martell

Yes they certainly do ,, but like people they differ greatly in intelligence ,, I have a parrot that enjoys conversing with one chicken in particular ,, the others are too dense and can’t hold a conversation.


14 posted on 05/31/2014 6:59:22 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: lee martell

Owls don’t give a hoot.


15 posted on 05/31/2014 6:59:40 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: lee martell

yes, they do....but it’s foul. :P


16 posted on 05/31/2014 7:01:58 PM PDT by ZinGirl (kids in college....can't afford a tagline right now)
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To: lee martell

Whenever we took a butcher knife to lop off their heads, the chickens didn’t seem to have a sense of humor.


17 posted on 05/31/2014 7:02:22 PM PDT by upsdriver (Palin/West '16)
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To: ClearCase_guy

18 posted on 05/31/2014 7:05:00 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: lee martell

The more important question is, do they have large talons?


19 posted on 05/31/2014 7:05:12 PM PDT by PlateOfShrimp
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To: lee martell
I can't imagine chickens having a conversation. Chickens are some of the stupidest animals ever created. I had chickens when we lived in the country. A sudden very heavy rain started falling. The chickens looked up at the falling rain, it filled their nostrils and most of them drowned. True story!
20 posted on 05/31/2014 7:05:48 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: cripplecreek

If only they would teach the racoons and skunk how to do it.


21 posted on 05/31/2014 7:06:33 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: lee martell
If you are truly interested.

Chicken Calls and Vocalizations


22 posted on 05/31/2014 7:08:38 PM PDT by deport
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To: lee martell

I wasn’t very outgoing at parties so I got a duck. He teaches me how to get down.


23 posted on 05/31/2014 7:11:16 PM PDT by abishai
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To: lee martell

Petaluma, the chicken capital of the world


24 posted on 05/31/2014 7:13:39 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: Jonty30

That vid is SO funny!!


25 posted on 05/31/2014 7:18:14 PM PDT by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN ()
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To: lee martell

My SIL has chickens - 5 hens (was 6 ....). They all have personalities and they definitely “talk” to each other. We’ve also had chickens over the years & some were quite the characters ... Bruester the Blue Rooster (yup, there’s a story there), Big Daddy, Freckles, Egypt, etc.

I have no doubt that the hens were having quite a good time - any roosters around? That was probably what the story teller was gossiping about to the other hens (and why they were “laughing”) if there is.


26 posted on 05/31/2014 7:18:26 PM PDT by Qiviut (Obama: A Caesar at home & a Chamberlain abroad, dividing the country & uniting the world against us.)
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To: lee martell

Chickens ain’t all that smart.... trust me.


27 posted on 05/31/2014 7:18:48 PM PDT by Bullish (You ever notice that liberalism really just amounts to anti-morality?)
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To: lee martell
Hahaha...I loved reading that. I could imagine exactly what it sounded like.

And...chickens ARE funny.


28 posted on 05/31/2014 7:20:05 PM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: Bullish

LOL! See post #20.


29 posted on 05/31/2014 7:21:13 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: lee martell

They’re viciousn, cowardly little velociraptors!


30 posted on 05/31/2014 7:21:25 PM PDT by Theophilus (Be as prolific as you are pro-life.)
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To: Lazamataz

Why did the liberal chicken cross the road?

Because he saw a fox coming. But then he told all his friends that they were subconscious bigots because they didn’t like foxes. And he posted on Beakbook daily about his love for all things having to do with foxes, including the foxtrot and Michael J. Fox. and he joined an organization to convince chickens overseas to tear down the fences that inconvenienced foxes who surely had the best of intentions. And he made sure his chicks roosted in a coop far away from all foxes, but only because “the birdseed there fits their special needs.”


31 posted on 05/31/2014 7:25:59 PM PDT by Our man in washington
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To: lee martell

Birds are more complicated creatures than is generally assumed, especially those species that live in flocks. For example, a parrot that was intensively tutored by researchers to understand and use words seemed to have a sense of humor. One day, seeing a raw chicken on the kitchen counter, he chuckled and said “Oh, poor Pablo,” referring to an absent fellow parrot as if that was chicken carcass.


32 posted on 05/31/2014 7:29:43 PM PDT by Rockingham
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

“You should listen to Sam. He has some important work for you to do with your Bulldog .44.”

Stay away from the Belt Parkway.


33 posted on 05/31/2014 7:30:15 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: lee martell

Give it a few seconds to start playing:

The Music Man (1962) Pick a little,Talk a Little
http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNjA3MzY1NzQ0.html


34 posted on 05/31/2014 7:36:29 PM PDT by donna (Pray for revival.)
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To: lee martell
We had a small flock of ducks, who we used to call “the neighborhood gossips”. They kept close watch on the comings and goings in our driveway and the adjacent road. When they heard a car they would run, really more of a fast waddle, to the gate to crane their necks to see who or what it was. If it went on by they would mumble and mutter disappointedly among themselves in a low voice. If it pulled into the drive they became excited and sort of danced and “talked” louder.
I was really fond of my ducks. They were amusing to watch and good companions in the garden. They were massacred one Halloween night when unknown horrid pranksters came on our property, climbed over our fence and cut off their bills. Painful to even remember and I have not gotten more.
35 posted on 05/31/2014 7:38:58 PM PDT by kalee
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To: lee martell

I loved your story.

Chickens are wonderfully entertaining creatures.


36 posted on 05/31/2014 7:41:04 PM PDT by Salamander (It's a cult and they worship blue oysters!)
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To: lee martell
I have a great hammock in my back yard, and my wife does a superb job gardening, so I get to hang out in a beautiful back yard and watch the birds.

Fascinating creatures. And they do have personality, no doubt.

One day, laying in my hammock, a catbird landed on top of a wooden pergola, and was eyeing a small fountain we have with a stream of water falling into it. It obviously wanted to take a bath.

But it was clear that it was also nervous.

Now, here you have what is probably one of the most obsessive-compulsive members of the bird family, nervous about getting down to the water.

It twitched and flitted to and fro, singing over and over the same bizarre montage of sounds he sampled in his catbird life. He repeated them again, and again, and again. As it repeated the same little sequence over and over, it got closer and closer to the water, jumping to a branch on a bush, over to a chair, all the time keeping its eyes fixed on the bath.

I was nearly laughing out loud.

I visualized a bird that looked like a sleepless, ring-eyed avian version of a young Steve Buscemi, wringing its hands and saying over and over:

"I want a bath. There's cats around here. It's too open. I want a bath. A squirrel! Why am I here? I want a bath. Is that a cat?"

"I want a bath. There's cats around here. It's too open. I want a bath. A squirrel! Why am I here? I want a bath. Is that a cat?"

"I want a bath. There's cats around here. It's too open. I want a bath. A squirrel! Why am I here? I want a bath. Is that a cat?"

I figured that was the life of a small bird. Always keeping your eye out for the thing that will kill you or eat you.

37 posted on 05/31/2014 7:41:20 PM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: Jonty30

That was awesome.


38 posted on 05/31/2014 7:43:29 PM PDT by Salamander (It's a cult and they worship blue oysters!)
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To: lee martell

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I like chickens. Love to hear the hens sing.
(Don’t laugh and make jokes. People who grew up around chickens know what I mean.)

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39 posted on 05/31/2014 7:48:09 PM PDT by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: upsdriver

Did they exhibit a sense of impending doom?


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41 posted on 05/31/2014 7:50:51 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: lee martell

I’m not convinced they even have a brain, so a sense of humor would be a stretch.


42 posted on 05/31/2014 7:52:05 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Ditter

Those must have been Democrat chickens.


43 posted on 05/31/2014 7:52:16 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: lee martell
I raised a wide assortment of chickens as a boy. They are highly sociable creatures with a well-organized hierarchy. Some chickens and breeds are smarter than others.

Environment also plays a role. In general, the free range chickens and the Asiatic breeds best adapted to the free range, exhibit the most intelligence.

Yes, I think hens gossip, but I'm inclined to think what you interpreted to laughter was nothing more than a group reaction. Hens will cackle when they lay an egg. They will also cackle when other hens cackle. They may even give a short cackle of satisfaction when their favorite rooster mounts them. And they will resist when a rooster they don't care for tries.

Said rooster may even get a beat-down by their favorite rooster.

44 posted on 05/31/2014 8:00:02 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: smokingfrog; Ditter

Democrat chickens are also known as turkeys. This is typical turkey behavior. In all my years of raising chickens, they either had sense to come in from the rain or, if it was a warm and not uncomfortable rain, they would exploit the opportunity to find worms, roots or other edibles exposed by the wet ground.


45 posted on 05/31/2014 8:02:47 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: lee martell

Chickens need a good sense of humor. Considering how certain much bigger and more dangerous critters view chickens as “food.”


46 posted on 05/31/2014 8:05:06 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..)
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To: lee martell

We have 22 Norwegian Jaerhon hens and two matching roosters. Got them three months ago.

Went out to the barn one day last week and heard them making some unusual noises behind the barn. A more constant chattering.

Rounded the corner and saw them all in a semi-circle with a big wild turkey in the center. The were all chattering away. Like the turkey was saying “You’re new in the neighborhood. What brings you to these parts?”

And all the chickens were telling their stories.

I completely believe your explanation.


47 posted on 05/31/2014 8:07:41 PM PDT by Bartholomew Roberts
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To: kalee

Ducks are really funny to watch. There’s a gang of them that hangs out in a nearby park with a pond iand I always get a kick out of them. There are also geese depending on the season but they have nowhere near the personality of those silly ducks.


48 posted on 05/31/2014 8:08:58 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: lee martell

I have two neighbors here in Neighboring San Anselmo who keep chickens and they are very entertaining indeed. I cant say I know much about their banter other than I enjoy their unintelligible hootenanies.


49 posted on 05/31/2014 8:09:04 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Vigilanteman

“Said rooster may even get a beat-down by their favorite rooster.”
_______________________________________________________
Where I live, Roosters are a favorite pet of the men.
There are about six of them tethered next door, within 20 feet of where I am sitting. Cock fighting is a favorite men’s sport in the Philippines, even though I rarely see it.
One does not need an alarm clock here, as the roosters are in full cry at the first hint of dawn.


50 posted on 05/31/2014 8:15:12 PM PDT by AlexW
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