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I am new to this chicken thing and  my black heavies started crowing like a rooster the other day. I am sure they are females they are about 15 weeks old.

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Wow!  I had a rooster for a while, but he was WAY too noisey for my neighborhood & he had to go..... hmm

But, then one of my hens started doing some very strange "crowing" sounds, too.    I think I read that some hens DO start a sort of "crowing" if there is no roo around! 

I found it very interesting as perhaps there is something about crowing that is necessary to the whole flock?  I really am just quessing though.....  roll

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I am new to this chicken thing and  my black heavies started crowing like a rooster the other day. I am sure they are females they are about 15 weeks old.


Hens   CLUCK  CLUCK  ,  CLUCK  ,     BUT  not CROW ....

Bet they are roosters  .....   

hens  only  start  clucking when it  is approaching time for them  to start laying .

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If you put this into the forum titled "chicken behaviors & egg laying" you will get quick good answers. Notify I mod to move this thread for you.
welcome-byc
great to have a new chicken enthusiast

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Hens can crow, it's not common but some do.  It's more likely that it's actually a rooster but if you are really sure they are all hens it's a definate possibility.  I've had one do it and she was an adult and laid eggs 4 time a week. Her crow wasn't as impressive as the males it's a little quieter and more strangled sounding.

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If you put this into the forum titled "chicken behaviors & egg laying" you will get quick good answers. Notify I mod to move this thread for you.
welcome-byc
great to have a new chicken enthusiast


Oh yes.... welcome-byc

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Welcome to the insanity...
hens can and do crow...
I had one.

Sometimes it's a hormonal thing. Could be an infection. Could be a true hermaphrodite like my Slifer was...

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Welcome and YES,  we witnessed my blue Americauna hen, 1 yr old and has been laying eggs (the only green egg for 4 months, now added a EE, I get 2 green eggs) and recently got rid of roo, to find Jojo standing on a rock, DH in garden behind her, myself in door yard in front of her when she let out this strangled rooouutaaarooaauuu! I thought DH had kicked her in the biscuit! But nope, she apparently tried to crow.
I am in hopes that a bantam roo is going to fill her needs for a roo, he will be less abusive to my small flock.
So, nope, your not nuts.
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That there is my problem child!


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post #9 of 11

Hens most certainly make the attempt!

In a flock of all females, there will be one that rises to the top of the hierarchy, which is normally called the alpha female.
In general terms, she adopts the position a rooster would normally hold and most of the behaviors, in the bargain.

She watches over the others, keeps them in check and yes, crows. It actually has a name, appropriately called "hencrowing."
It doesnt sound like a cock-a-doodle-doo crow normally associated with a cock, but it is both loud and annoying (well, to some).

Oh, yes, a hen can crow, in her own way. I had BO female once that would wake the dead with her hencrowing.


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Thanks for the input. I wasn't excepting to hear anything like they been doing the last couple of days. When my neighbor told me she head them I though she was crazy till I heard them this morning, around 8:45-9:00. And to have 2 of my 6 birds doing it. We got a good laugh out of it. I will have to post some pictures of the trouble makers.


Edited by jcfrontiersman - 7/5/08 at 7:01pm
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