Crowing hen?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by trailhound, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. trailhound

    trailhound Songster

    Mar 7, 2008
    This summer I bought a chicken that was supposed to be a 5 month old
    Aracauna hen. It was small, so I figured she was younger than the old
    man I got her from thought (he had a lot of chickens, I figured he got
    confused. She has always been a little dominate, and actually faces
    off with our playful puppy (which just encourages him-he could care
    less about the other chickens). Once or twice we have thought we
    heard a cock-a-doodle doo, but were just waking up and weren't sure,
    and never heard it any other time, even when we have been working
    outside all day. This morning, I did my morning chores a little
    late-still dark, but almost light- and sure enough Sophia crowed
    several times.

    Now, I have heard that dominant hens sometimes crow- I really thought
    she was laying eggs before my whole flock stopped because they got a
    respiratory thing and started molting. When hens do this, is it a
    real bona-fide cock-a-doodle-do, or just an attempt. No spurs on this
    chicken either. How can I tell?

  2. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    Do you have pics? This will be the easiest way for us to help answer your question [​IMG]
  3. trailhound

    trailhound Songster

    Mar 7, 2008
    Okay, I will work on getting pictures.
  4. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    like you said hens can crow, but so do roosters, LOL !!! A pic would be great !!! Makes yah wonder huh ??
  5. thecochincoop

    thecochincoop Songster

    I once had a white crested black polish that crowed. Sounded just like a rooster [​IMG] I know she was a hen though, she was one of my best layers. When I took the other chickens to a show she started crowing. I have also seen a couple of my pullets attempt to crow but they grew out of it thankfully.
  6. mrandmrschicken

    mrandmrschicken Songster

    Sep 14, 2008
    NW IA
    If she is indeed a pullet or a hen, I know exactly what you are going through. She is dominant because the cockerel or rooster has not shown her he can be the boss yet. My pullet started crowing with a voice that was described as being like Kathleen Turner, a very smoky voice. We had a new cockerel but he had not crowed yet, with new surroundings, and she was not nice to him. Once he started to crow, and be the flock leader she stopped. It was almost embarrassing, if I had someone in the coop when Mrs. C would crow! It also helped when she layed her first egg. I think she learned her place then as well.

    You should try and get a pic of her crowing. You'll laugh about it later.
    ETA: She also had to be higher than all the rest of the birds.
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2008
  7. HennysMom

    HennysMom Keeper of the Tiara

    oh thank goodness - I thought my girls were the only ones that "crowed"! [​IMG]

    I have 2 that sound like Geese - CONSTANTLY - it is the most annoying thing sometimes when it is non-stop come 6:00 in the morning and all you hear is "honk honk hoooooooooonkkkkk"

    First time I heard it, I actually thought we HAD geese in the yard! i wonder why they do that?
  8. Pinky

    Pinky Songster

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    My old red sex-link hen crowed one time when the roo was "with" another hen.I guess she was jealous:)I knew she was a hen becouse she was the first hen I had that hatched eggs.
  9. trailhound

    trailhound Songster

    Mar 7, 2008
    Okay, here (hopefully) are the pictures I could get of her/him. This chicken was supposedly born at the beginning of March, but I didn't get it until July and it has grown considerably since then, plus grown a bit of tail and a lot of fancy feathers.



  10. trailhound

    trailhound Songster

    Mar 7, 2008
    Trying to make that last one bigger... doesn't seem to be happening, sorry. I wanted to show that this chicken doesn't have spurs- at least I don't think.


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