Quillgirl

Songster
10 Years
Aug 2, 2009
248
5
111
Metro Atlanta
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.
 

Live Oak Farms 01

In the Brooder
8 Years
Jun 2, 2011
47
0
22
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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Quillgirl

Songster
10 Years
Aug 2, 2009
248
5
111
Metro Atlanta
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!
 

Little Ameraucana Mom

Need Help, Can't stop hatching!!!
11 Years
Jul 8, 2008
3,127
61
248
Greencastle, In
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.
 

emys

Songster
11 Years
Nov 19, 2008
1,416
10
161
Idaho
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).
 

starman

Hatching
9 Years
Jun 17, 2010
9
1
8
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!
 

HenPenny

Chirping
8 Years
Mar 31, 2011
169
1
99
Lewisville tx
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
 

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