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Can Hens Crow?-PICS ADDED

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mylilchix, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. mylilchix

    mylilchix Songster

    Strangest thing happened this morning! [​IMG] I was letting my 7-9 week old chicks out, when my 9 w/o white EE attempted to crow. She looks like a hen, she acts like a hen, well this morning she let loose one of the oddest noises I've ever heard. It was truly like she was trying to crow. Can hens do this?

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  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    Yes, hens can crow especially in the absence of a rooster. Can you post a pic of her and we can let you know if you have a girl for sure.

  3. goldnchocolate

    goldnchocolate Songster

    May 9, 2008
    I have eight 11 wk old EE chicks and only one of them is white (the rest are goldish/brownish/blackish) and he is a roo! He also started trying to crow a few weeks back. Is your white one larger than the other chicks, are it's legs thicker, and does it have a bolder personality?

    I do have a hen that crows, though. She is an 8 yr old barred rock and she began crowing (even now and then) after my other rooster died 2 yrs ago. She is the dominant hen in my older group of chickens.
  4. mylilchix

    mylilchix Songster

    Next time I'm outside I'll take pics of our white one. He/she/it is the same size as my other 2 EE, and all 3 of them rule the coop. They're all very bold. Hmmm, maybe our senorita is a senor!

  5. goldnchocolate

    goldnchocolate Songster

    May 9, 2008
    Quote:Did she/he [​IMG] also stand on his/her tippy toes and flap his/her wings while he/she was making the noise?

    Here is my white EE with some of the brown ones. When I bought them they were advertised as pullets. I asked the guy if he thought I might get a rooster out of the bunch and he said you never could tell [​IMG]. (edited to add that he is 10 wks in the picture)

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  6. mylilchix

    mylilchix Songster

    Well here's a pic of the bird in question. I'm really hoping she's not a he. We've had 4 turn out to be roos, and now one wants to get rid of them [​IMG]. I'm not really looking forward to the boys crowing all the time!

    Senorita (hmmm maybe she/he/it may be a Senor)!

    This one is a 9 weeker, but I don't remember her standing on tip toes. I think it surprised her that she could make that noise.

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  7. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    I don't have experience with them but that sure looks like a Roo with that red comb and wattle ... and the size of them.
  8. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member 10 Years

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    Quote:The tailfeathers look suspiciously like growing sickles because I see a bit of an arch to them. The comb is quite big and red already, too. Does it look like it may be growing spurs?
  9. silkieluvr

    silkieluvr Songster

    Sep 20, 2007
    Marin, California
    Hmm, I think its a roo, my year old EE's dont even have that much of a comb
  10. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

    Apr 22, 2008
    I would say roo also. My 16wk old EE pullet doesn't have anywhere near that much comb.

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