Crowing Hens!

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

  1. AZChickenlover

    AZChickenlover In the Brooder

    Jan 14, 2007
    Golden Valley, AZ
    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 Crowing

    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 In the Brooder

    Jan 11, 2007
    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 Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    Wenatchee, Washington
  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 Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    San Marcos, TX
    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 In the Brooder

    Mar 17, 2007
    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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