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    I know that hens 'cackle' but apparently that is the noise they make after they have laid eggs. Generally they make a lot of noise when they do that. But is there a word for the sound they make in 'normal circumstances'? They often do make a sound when they are walking around going about their business.

    Is there a word other than 'chirping' for the sound chickens make?

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    Hens cluck

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    Default Re: bird sounds

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
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    Is there a word other than 'chirping' for the sound chickens make?
    "Chirping" sounds rather too melodious to me for the noise made by chicks; I'd say they go 'cheep'.

    (There's an old joke here about 'chickens going cheap'; inventing a suitable setting for this punch-line is left as an exercise for the reader )

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