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Do hens "crow" like roosters?

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I have three big plump white hens. I had another white one that turned out to be a roo instead. Of the three, One is now crowing like a roo but has the large body of a hen. The other white roo is half the size of the three white hens, So I'm kind of puzzled here. Thanks.

post #2 of 34

hu nope hu hens don't crow so undoubtly you have yourself another roo

Hens go..... bak-bak-bak

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post #3 of 34

ive always been told that some hens can and will crow, especially if there was a roo that had been in the flock and was removed.

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post #4 of 34

None of my hens crow, but they sure can give my roo a good talking to! smile

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post #5 of 34

Hens will crow from time to time.  It's not common, but not THAT unusual either.  As firem said, often crowing hens happen when there is no rooster in the flock and a dominate hen takes on the role of the rooster.

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post #6 of 34

When I introduced a new rooster once...it made my Blue Ameraucana mad...she leaned back and let out a crow. It was the funniest thing ever. We later took the roo out and she went back to normal. Guess it wasnt love at first sight hah
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post #7 of 34
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Originally Posted by arlee453 

As firem said, often crowing hens happen when there is no rooster in the flock and a dominate hen takes on the role of the rooster.


Wow...this can really happen?  I have 4, 13 week old Patridge Chanteclers.  I thought I had 4 hens however.....this week, one began the mornings with "CaCaaw.....CaCaaw".  With no wattles or combs it is not so easy to identify roosters.  There is no evidence of spurs whatsoever.  The only difference is in the feathering pattern.

I'm guessing a few more weeks will tell me for sure?

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post #8 of 34

It most certainly CAN happen.
I had a bird that was a true hermaphrodite...Slifer the Sky Dragon had huge spurs, was male feathered, and crowed. I put her on female hormones for a month and she STILL crowed, but laid me a beautiful baby yellow egg.

My 5 year old Leghorn hen, Obelisk the Tormentor, is done with her egglaying for the year. She's been moulting since July. And she's also crowing, so it's a hormonal thing with her.

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post #9 of 34

Hens sometimes will crow, they will also grow spurs (they don't make sexing easy for us, do they?). Not a normal hen behavior, but yes, it does happen.

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post #10 of 34

I think there are many conversations about this. It seems like it comes up about twice a day lately. Must be Hen crowing season or something...

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