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Crowing hen, anyone? Experts, please confirm she IS a hen please?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by thndrdancr, Jul 28, 2007.

  1. thndrdancr

    thndrdancr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, it could only happen to me. We were eating breakfast this morn and heard a "crow". We only have the two hens. Ran out and the hen that isnt laying yet, my silly neurotic Fussy, was sitting on top of her roost, and crowed three times.

    Now, anyone else with a crowing hen, do they ever lay? I noticed her comb grew almost overnight just the other day, and was thinkin, man...she is lookin more roosterish, whats goin on? She is definitely a HEN, no mistaking that...but..now what? Our city doesnt allow roo's, but it doesnt say a thing bout a crowin hen...

    I guess I shouldnt have whistled so much when I was young....[​IMG][​IMG]


    This got buried, so am bumpin it up to see if anyone else has a crowin hen. I remember SC saying she had one, and she said she never laid but one egg all her life, I sure hope I didnt spend all my heart lovin on this silly girl and have to get rid of her, it would break my heart. [​IMG]
     
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  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    I can't help you with the crowing hen part but Spotted will jump in I'm sure...she knows...

    I just wanted to tell you my mom use to say that saying about a cackling hen all the time when I was growing up when I would whistle!!...girls were not suppose to whistle!!...[​IMG]
     
  3. Grace Boyer

    Grace Boyer Out Of The Brooder

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    A crowing hen will still lay. I had a hen that crowed and she was one of/the best layer for a long time. I don't think crowing has much to do with laying. She also had a comb so big it flopped over to the side.
     
  4. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I fought and fought for Slifer...I did a petition, and went to city hall too...
    I had to keep her quiet or inside.
    I would presume that the same would apply.
    I also rigged up a muzzle so that if she crowed she wouldn't be too loud either.
     
  5. thndrdancr

    thndrdancr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone.

    Sometimes I DO doubt myself, this IS a hen, isnt it? Just to make sure, double sure? Mom says she is not so sure now...lol

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    Her current coop...looks like I might have to keep it that way, oh heavens...Ignore the Red sex link, the Americauna is in question...

    What are you doing, and why did you turn the light on in my eyes?
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    ok, I am coming out and seeing what your eating.....
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    This one was taken day before yesterday...
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  6. AZChickenlover

    AZChickenlover Out Of The Brooder

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    One of our hens started crowing after we rehomed our rooster. She is our best layer when she is not moulting. But.........Are you she is really a she?
     
  7. Agilityscots

    Agilityscots Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just read in a chicken book somewhere that if there are too many hens in a flock and no rooster that females can take on male characteristics and begin acting as the "roo" in a flock. Maybe this is why she's crowing?
     
  8. thndrdancr

    thndrdancr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought she was a "she". [​IMG] I have also read about the hen taking the place of the roo if one isnt around.

    I will let the experts confirm she is a hen or no, those pics were all taken within the last 2 weeks and she is currently 18 weeks old. I have heard weird noised from her now and again, but this was an out and out crow, albeit a sickly one. She was standing there, as pretty as you please, flappin her wings and crowin at the sunrise. She only crowed three times. Now that, I think we could handle, I wont curse it and say more. [​IMG]
     
  9. eggcetra_farms

    eggcetra_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I say it's a hen, and I've heard of crowing hens before. Hope you don't have to get rid of her if she keeps it up.
     
  10. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Sure looks like a hen to me!
     

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