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Could we take a crower poll?

Poll Results: Have you had a hen crow in a rooster-less flock?

 
  • 0% (0)
    Yes
  • 100% (7)
    No
7 Total Votes  
post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Do you have a hen-only flock? Especially bantams? How often have you had a hen start crowing?
Thanks for chiming in, I feel like I'm taking crazy pills with 4/12 golden sebright crower girls.
post #2 of 8

I kept a hen only flock for about 4 years, bantams (Silkie and Cochins), and LF, all breeds, and never ever had a hen crow.

 

My rooster, however, does so frequently.

 

LofMc


Edited by Lady of McCamley - 12/23/15 at 7:24pm
Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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post #3 of 8

I've never had a hen crow but did have one that would make kind of a honking sound which she quit once I got another roo.

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post #4 of 8
I had a game hen that crowed. She actually got pretty good at it. She also laid eggs.
Edited by enola - 12/25/15 at 3:51am
post #5 of 8

In my opinion a crowing hen has a little too much male hormone.  I don't think it is from not enough male companionship.  

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post #6 of 8
I had a hen who would challenge our young roo. Once she had a sickly crow. Later I sold several hens, and I happenedto so just went to the veterinarian. He called me a few days later and told me that she was a hermaphrodite. He had examined her and she had both male and female parts. I also realized that I had never notice whether she actually
laid eggs or not. He said that that was a very rare condition.
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
That's interesting, MsRiderUp, I know my crowers were producing eggs but never thought to look for male parts. I will do that if I have to process another one. The latest crower seems to have quit after a couple days so maybe I won't need to cull her, fingers crossed.

Thank you all for confirming that this is a relatively rare occurrence. I'm thinking that my bad luck comes from having an entire flock of sebrights, they seem kind of on the gamey end of the spectrum. Can't wait for my chicks in spring!
post #8 of 8
I have 2 roosters. But had a hen crow on one occasion when she was very upset. She crowed for several minutes.
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