Why Do Chickens Cluck?

You might be wondering what chicken clucking is. Well, it’s a lot like cow mooing and duck quacking. Chicken clucks are similar but unique to the species of chicken.

In this article, we will find out more about why chickens cluck and other related reasons.

What Is Chicken Clucking?

Chickens are the most common domesticated bird in the world, and there are many different breeds of chicken that produce different types of clucking sounds. There are also some wild birds that make similar sounds.

The sound you hear when a chicken clucks is due to the vibration of air passing through its trachea and bronchi (two tubes that lead air into and out of the lungs).

The trachea connects to the lungs, which allows for breathing. The bronchi connect to each lung, which allows for respiration. Respiration occurs when oxygen moves from your lungs into your bloodstream and carbon dioxide moves from your bloodstream into your lungs.

Clucking sounds can be varied depending on how quickly or slowly air travels through these structures in your chicken’s respiratory system.

Why Chickens Cluck?

Chickens cluck for two main reasons. The first is to communicate with the rest of the flock, and the second is for social bonding.

1. Communication

Chickens cluck to tell other chickens where they are in a group or to show their location within a group. For example, if one chicken is separated from its flock, it will cluck to let the other chickens know where it is. This helps keep the entire flock together and prevents any one chicken from becoming lost or separated from its flock.

2. Social Bonding

Chickens also cluck when they are socializing with each other. They use these noises to express themselves and form bonds with other members of their flock. Chickens will use these sounds as a greeting when they see another chicken that they know well so that they can greet them in a friendly way.

Besides the above, chickens can cluck as well for other reasons which include:

  • Being hungry
  • Being bored or lonely

When Do Chickens Start Clucking?

Chickens are born with a natural instinct to cluck and they will begin to do so when they feel safe and comfortable in their environment. If a young chick is taken from its mother too early, it may not have time to learn how to cluck properly.

On the other hand, if you keep your chicks too long before separating them from their mothers, they may not be ready to start clucking at all.

The best time for separating chicks from their mothers is around six weeks old – this gives them plenty of time for learning how to properly communicate among themselves by clucking but does not allow them enough time for being spoiled by their mother’s attention before she needs them back in the coop for laying eggs.

Why Do Chickens Cluck After Laying An Egg?

Chickens cluck after laying an egg because they are letting the other chickens know that there is an egg available for them to eat.

Chickens lay eggs almost every day and if you have more than one chicken, there’s a good chance that one or two of them will be laying at the same time. There’s also a good chance that your hens will lay their eggs in different places, so it’s important for them to be able to let each other know where the eggs are so they can eat them!

If your chickens aren’t laying enough eggs, you might want to give them more room or feed them more nutrients so they don’t get tired out.

How Do You Stop Chickens From Clucking?

Chickens are good for the homestead. They provide eggs, meat, and companionship. But there’s one thing that can ruin your chicken keeping experience: a noisy flock.

Keeping chickens is a great way to get fresh eggs in your backyard. But if you don’t want to hear clucking all day long, here are some tips on how to stop chickens from clucking.

Consider A Blackout Box

The easiest way to keep your hens quiet is with a blackout box. This is a coop for your chickens that has no lighting or windows so they don’t see their surroundings and don’t get bored. The darkness causes them to sleep more and be less active during the day, which means less noise! You can make one yourself or buy one online.

If you don’t want to buy anything new, you can also try building a blackout box out of cardboard boxes or other materials around the house (just make sure they’re waterproof!). Build it tall enough so your hens can stand up straight inside without hitting their heads on the ceiling. Then cover up all sides with black plastic sheeting or tarps so it’s completely dark inside when they’re inside it

Coop Setting

If you want to stop your chickens from clucking, it is important that your coop setting is right.

Chickens can be quite noisy creatures, especially if they are kept together in large groups. This clucking can be very annoying for some people who live near farms or other areas where there are many chickens roaming around freely. For those who live near farms with free-range chickens, it can be hard to get any peace and quiet at night because of all the clucking that goes on all day long!

Insulation and Soundproofing

Insulating your coop can help reduce the amount of noise they make when they move around or scratch the ground. You can use various materials for insulation, including straw or hay. However, these materials will need to be replaced every few months as they get dirty and damp.

The best option is to use thick paper or cardboard sheets as insulation. The paper can be placed directly on the floor or packed into wooden frames built into the walls of your chicken coop. This method works particularly well if you have a shed where you keep your chickens at night so that you don’t have to spend time cleaning out dusty straw every morning before you go to work!

You can also purchase commercial soundproofing material from hardware stores that will fit into your coop.

Automatic Doors

Automatic doors can be used to keep your chickens in or out of a pen. They are also useful for areas where you want to keep the chickens contained but don’t want to build an entire structure for them.

The key to using automatic doors with chickens is to make sure that the chickens cannot reach under or through the door. This means that you will need to install the door on top of wire netting or something similar that will prevent access to the area beyond the door.

Chickens can be trained not to cluck by putting up some sort of barrier between them and other chickens. This could be anything from a fence between two pens, or an actual wall dividing one pen from another. If you put up a solid wall in front of your chicken coop, then you can use this as a way of keeping your flock separate from each other while still allowing them access to food, water, and bedding supplies.


As we’ve learned, chickens don’t always cluck to tell other chickens in the area where they are. In fact, a cluck can mean a lot of different things depending on the circumstances. They could be warning other chickens of upcoming danger, or they could simply be saying hello to each other as they pass by.