Crowing Hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Quillgirl, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. Quillgirl

    Quillgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had heard about this odd behavior, but most comments dispute the idea of a CROWING hen. Well, I can confirm there are such birds about. One of my 2 year old hens has been crowing. These are most definitely hens, have been laying eggs for a while, but recently decided to begin a funny, sing-song "crow" in the morning. I believe it's one of my barred rocks but can't be sure because they stop when I show up. I also have a broody for the first time and wonder if the two are coincidental or go together.

    Well, all I can say is the crowing isn't as loud or harsh as a rooster, but more like a "church lady" trying hard to sing at the top of her range and hold a high note unsuccessfully. Very funny sound! Hopefully the neighbors think it's me out practicing my opera, and not an outlaw rooster.[​IMG]
     
  2. Little Ameraucana Mom

    Little Ameraucana Mom Need Help, Can't stop hatching!!!

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    Quote:We had an old english hen that did this also.!! Not quite like a rooster, but an odd crow.
     
  3. Live Oak Farms 01

    Live Oak Farms 01 Out Of The Brooder

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    Do you have a rooster?
    Sometimes hens try to take the place of a rooster by crowing.
    Is it the lead hen crowing?
     
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  4. colebarnhart

    colebarnhart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Weird!!! Chickens are crazy!!!
     
  5. Quillgirl

    Quillgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, we don't have a rooster. That's why I'm wondering if the broody hen inspired the crowing hen to sing. I'm pretty sure the crowing one is not the dominant hen, maybe just the one with the best voice!
     
  6. Little Ameraucana Mom

    Little Ameraucana Mom Need Help, Can't stop hatching!!!

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    I have lots of roosters, our girl was given to us and they told us she crowed. I didn't hear her for the first week or so, but after she settled in ,I heard her at least once a day.
     
  7. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I described the sound of my crowing hen as "an owl trying to imitate a rooster" it is too low and soft for an actual crow, but she tried (then we got another rooster and she stopped).
     
  8. starman

    starman New Egg

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    My Barred Rock did the samething, but I think it was done to get my attention and boy did it work! As soon as I came rushing down to her she stopped and it has not happened again. Chicken's are a lot smarter then we give them credit for. Mine have trained me well!
     
  9. HenPenny

    HenPenny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My barred rock is doing the same thing. She won't shut up. I told her she is going to get us in trouble with the Chicken police. LOL
     
  10. Quillgirl

    Quillgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow! Common among barred rocks. Who knew?
     

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