Chickens Chickens Chickens

photo credit Flickr/Carol Mitchell

Last year I was hired to record some farm animals for a project and I had the misfortune of running into some rowdy chickens.  A local farmer in Wisconsin toured me around his dairy farm so I could record some cows mooing.  After I was done with the cows, he asked if I needed some chicken sounds and I said, “Sure, I’m game for some chickens.”  He had a hen house with about ten chickens that started flapping and flying around as soon as he opened the door.  It is not one of my best recordings because I got a little freaked out when they started flapping towards my face.  I didn’t think that chickens could fly but these little buggers could really get around.  The crunching sounds are their little claws moving around on hay and, as you can hear, I don’t think they were all too happy to see me or my recording equipment.

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Recording Note:  Screaming chickens were recorded with schoeps in an MS configuration at 24/96 kHz.

4 comments

  1. That’s so clear Michael it’s kind of creepy.. Does it still have it’s head at the end of the recording?????

    • When I left the farm they still had their head’s attached. I can’t speak for what might have happened when I left.

  2. I was attacked by a rooster in a similar situation- pecked me on the head. Put the fear of chickens in me ever since… Of course, I was 6 at the time.

    I eat chicken because it’s us or them.

  3. So, chickens can fly??!

    All this time I thought Zelda had it wrong.

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