We've discovered that chickens can purr! at PumpjackPiddlewick

Did you know chickens can purr? Neither did I, until one day one of my chickens did just that.

When I worked at the Chateau, part of my job was to look after the chickens. They liked to help me in the garden. It became a regular thing, which I for one was really glad of. Their antics made me laugh every time, so not only did I have the joy of gardening, but also seeing what zanyness these feathered creatures could get up to.

I learned they like to help when I was laying down some compost and top soil and mulching it in readiness for spring planting. I started at one end of the raised beds, mixing in and smoothing out the soil. They followed, moving the soil around, giving it an extra mix. (And the fact that they found the odd grub whilst helping me – well a win win situation I think).

Chickens make this great sound when they discover a tasty treat. It’s not a purr, more joyful laugh. I at least thought of it like that as it made me smile to hear it.

Once the raised beds were mulched I would move on to weed around the beds. The chickens would usually decided then that the newly mulched beds were a good place to have a bath. Mulching, eating and then a little dust bath, move on, repeat.

Then one day, Gertrude, a big grey chicken, found what I guess must have been a particular good spot. She settled in and gave herself a good dusting whilst I continued to weed around her. That’s when I discovered chickens can purr.

At first, I couldn’t figure out what the noise was as it sounded very similar to a cats purr. Or who was making it, as each time I looked up she stopped. However, by surreptitiously raising my eyes without lifting my head I realised that she was so happily content that she was actually purring. And that just made my day.

Once the dust bath was done she decided it was time to get back to work. Now chickens are both smart, and lazy. They easily worked out that as I dig up weeds, I also dig up great bugs. I ended up with the chickens following me and checking out my weeding work. They happily snarfed up bugs as they were unearthed, with very little work required. Easy, peasy.

As I moved down an area of weeds they started getting closer and closer, until finally they were side by side with me. Me digging and the chickens straight in there to collect the fruits of my labour.  Definitely smart.

If you are new to chickens, but would like to now more about having them, their needs, and what you will need, I can highly recommend Backyard 54’s post ~ Backyard Chickens Beginner Guide.

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2022-02-28

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  1. Lovely. I’ve heard that chickens are great characters… but not, until now, that they purr!

    1. A red hen showed up at our barn in Dec she met our dog and she sings to us and runs after us when we are in the yard . She eats some of the dogs food as our dog eats .i think she is the busiest hen I have ever seen she has cleaned my many flower beds of most all weeds and has never missed a day of laying an egg.she has started roosting on our patio so there is some cleanup but she is so entertaining. We love her

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        That sounds so similar to our little Piddlewick. 🙂 She’s our tiny brown chicken (especially as compared to Gertrude) and she hums and sings her way around our garden.

        And all our chickens quite like to peck amongst the rabbit food, given half the chance. Chickens are great, aren’t they?

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