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Crowing hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mackak, Dec 31, 2011.

  1. mackak

    mackak In the Brooder

    Dec 30, 2009
    I have read about crowing hens but found it hard to believe.
    We have 3 australorp/polish hens that are almost 3 months old.
    Yesterday I heard a strange noise out the front door and saw one of them making obvious crowing sounds.
    We already have 4 roosters and all the chickens are free range. Thus ruling out the need for one of the hens to become dominate and take on rooster characteristics! All three hens look identical and none of them have other rooster-like attributes. I am just curious what is going on with them!!

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​IMG] 3 month old cockerels might not be showing secondary sexual characteristics yet. It is very possible that one or more of them are cockerels. [​IMG]
  3. SC_Hugh

    SC_Hugh Songster

    May 23, 2009
    Santa Cruz, CA
    The other day as I was letting my 5 hens out of the coop, one of them let out a crow that sounded like a rooster crow but much shorter and weaker than a real rooster. It sounded good, but that was it, one crow from the girls in 2 years.

    When I still had Little Ricky (our Cochin rooster), he would belt it out all the time

  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Quote:Yep, sorry, you may have another boy.
  5. eggspresso

    eggspresso Chirping

    Nov 29, 2011
    I have a bantam hen that crowed, loudly and clearly, one time: the morning before the F-5 tornado hit us here in Joplin.

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