Crowing Hens!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by AZChickenlover, Mar 24, 2007.

  1. AZChickenlover

    AZChickenlover Out Of The Brooder

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    I know that I read about this on the other board, but did not pay much attention. One of our girls started crowing this morning, (we got red of the rooster 2 months ago) and I was wondering if she would continue laying. Anyone have any experience with this?
     
  2. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Sometimes, if there isn't a rooster in a flock, a hen will "take" his position as leader of the flock. Don't be surprised if you see her trying to mate with other hens! [​IMG]
     
  3. bmarshall61

    bmarshall61 Out Of The Brooder

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    I remember from my childhood, my grandmother always killed a crowing hen and either made dumplings or dressing. She was convinced it meant a family member would die if a hen crowed. If she is laying and acting normal otherwise, I bet she will quit when the rooster establishes his authority. [​IMG]
     
  4. TheBigWRanch

    TheBigWRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Grrr...I really hate the old wives' tale...
    I had a crowing hen...She was a big old Brahma mix. And I miss her greatly.
    She was the lowest on the pecking order where she had been and I had a Leghorn cockerel. When I had to rehome Jerry, a few weeks later she started crowing.
    But Slifer was special. She was a hermaphrodite...
    She gave me one beautiful baby yellow egg in the 3 years that I had her.
     
  6. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I have a couple of bantam hens that occasionally crow. They still lay eggs and there is a rooster with them. I think their hormones get out of whack sometimes....
     
  7. shandea

    shandea Out Of The Brooder

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    Great! This is the first I've heard of this. Please tell me it isn't very common for a hen to crow... I'm in a subdivision and I don't think my neihgbors would be very happy with me.
     
  8. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Mine weren't...that's why I have house chickens...[​IMG]
     

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