Crowing Hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Peep-Chicken, Sep 16, 2014.

  1. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Marian, my polish crowed five times this morning. Do you think she will crow ever again? She crowed twice when she was a young girl.

    No videos :(

    Thanks!
     
  2. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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    Maybe she will......she's laying eggs too?
     
  3. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

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    She's a year old, she was my first chicken to start laying
     
  4. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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    Wow! That's pretty cool that she crows.
     
  5. Peep-Chicken

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    Definitely, I hope she continues
     
  6. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

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    She crowed twice more this afternoon
     
  7. N F C

    N F C eggnog time! Premium Member Project Manager

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    Do you have a roo in your flock? I read a long time ago that if there isn't a roo around, a hen at the top of the pecking order will take on some of a roo's duties and that they will crow. That hasn't happened to ours but it would be kind of fun if it did!
     
  8. Feathyr

    Feathyr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hens will often take a masculine appearance and personality in the absence of a rooster (or the presence of a submissive rooster); developing spurs, large combs, crowing, and occasionally even ceasing to lay. As far as I know, the only way to discourage the behavior is to introduce a rooster into your flock. Or, if you already have one that isn't taking the lead, introduce a more dominant roo.
    But unless the noise is irritating you/your neighbors, or she quits laying, I wouldn't worry about it.
     
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  9. mrsc1951

    mrsc1951 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the sweetest and prettiest black australorp hen that crows. It sounds sort of like a rooster crowing and someone trying to strangle him, but she does her best; stands up tall and puffs out her chest and lets go, then flaps her wings. Just like a rooster, bless her little heart then she lays a beautiful brown egg. We do not have a roo and her comb and wattles are more developed than a normal BA hen. She has always been the alpha hen. She has crowed since she was about 6 months old.
     
  10. Peep-Chicken

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    Nope no rooster. We used to have two last year, wish I never rehomed them :(

    Aww! Have you got a video of her?

    My offender is a bantam, so she is pretty quite :)

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    Here is Marian!

    I think she started b/c I had to remove my lead hens for bumble foot surgery, but she is still lower on the pecking order
     

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