Crowing Hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Tricoglossus, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. Tricoglossus

    Tricoglossus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There seems to be a few questions on the forum now and again regarding crowing hens. Is it really possible for a hen to crow? The answer is most definitely YES! Here is a video of my splash Polish, Tina, at her noisy best. She seems to be persuaded to crow by the rest of the flock. I call it the Noise Competition. You can see this taking place in the video. Fifi (silkie), Harriet (Polish x), Tina and Hetty (Araucana x) are the prime participants. They get louder and louder and the whole cacophony seems to reach a crescendo with the crowing.

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    If anyone else has videos of their crowing hens I would love to see them.
     
  2. Sophia5

    Sophia5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. Tricoglossus

    Tricoglossus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've watched that program before. Not sure why they raised the idea of chickens changing genders. My Tina just likes to crow now and then, but she still lays plenty of eggs, so she's all girl!
     
  4. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Hen is also making sounds used to indicate she is getting ready to lay. My hens seldom make such sounds for long but when they do the rooster seems interested. My hens with chicks also crow but sound is simpler. I think it is a spacing mechanism keeping other hens away from chick's foraging area. it also serves to maintain contact with rooster when he is out of sight.
     

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