Crowing hen -- caught on video

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SJensen, Jul 26, 2010.

  1. SJensen

    SJensen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our hen "Vulture" started crowing a couple of weeks ago! Today I was able to run to the window and catch her with my video camera.
    Link: http://jensenschickens.blogspot.com/

    She's a year old and has been laying eggs regularly, I think. I heard that this can be the result of a hormonal imbalance and that she may stop laying eggs. How common is this, I wonder?
     
  2. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    That was pretty neat that you caught that on camera!
     
  3. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

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    Quote:I think it's pretty funny that your hen's name is "Vulture" .. I have one named "Buzzard" .. hehe

    I can't see your video (blocked at work) .. but I'm sure it's cute!
     
  4. Chicky Tocks

    Chicky Tocks [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2666.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Ru

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    [​IMG] How amazing that you actually caught this on video! I've heard of it, but never witnessed it. I'm considering the rehoming of my roo in my older girls pen and wondering which one of them will take on the rooster role. [​IMG]
     
  5. SJensen

    SJensen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I first heard her try to crow a couple weeks ago, I thought something was wrong... hopefully she won't get any louder...

    About the name "Vulture", my ten year old picked that when she was a chick -- and it still fits! She can be quite mean to the lower hens and we're hoping she mellows out.
     
  6. pw_quiltworks

    pw_quiltworks One Handy Chick

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    I had no idea they would crow like that. Do you have other roosters around and is she mocking them? Anyway it's funny. Looks like she has a hairball like our cat. [​IMG]
     
  7. SJensen

    SJensen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There haven't been other roosters around since last autumn -- I guess she feels like she should rise to the occasion!
     
  8. cherylcohen

    cherylcohen The Omelet Ranch

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    that's a riot!!

    hey what breed is fancy pants?
     
  9. SJensen

    SJensen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Cheryl,
    They're a mixed lot -- when I asked on this forum people thought Fancypants was a Polish/Silkie Cross. They say Vulture looks like an EE/Silkie cross.
     
  10. Chickiemama1010

    Chickiemama1010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a crowing hen too. Its common for a lead hen to assume the role of the roo in a rooster-less flock. They sometimes crow, and also may mount other hens, lead them to food when free ranging, look out for danger, etc. Just like a rooster does. Its not unheard of. Since you dont have a rooster, I would guess thats what you have going on I dont think it has to do with hormones, as much as pecking order and social structure. My old crowing hen didnt lay too many eggs anyway, but she went broody often, and was a great mama, crowing and all.
     

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