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Crowing question

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by garyblaine, Aug 20, 2011.

  1. garyblaine

    garyblaine In the Brooder

    Jan 21, 2011
    Is it true that some "hens" will crow if they are the dominate one. I have a Standard size Brahma that I was for sure a hen by the feathers and comb features. I was standing outside today and heard her make a very bad crowing sound not once, but 3 times. She did sound better the 3rd time but still far off as far as a good sounding crow. I just want to confirm I am not going to have to get rid of a bird. All input appreciated as I am still a rookie in this business.

  2. foxypoproxy

    foxypoproxy Songster

    Aug 2, 2011
    Madison, CT
    I heard that some hens will do that when the flock lacks a rooster. Sometimes the most dominant hen will step up and be a "rooster".
    Ive never seen it myself but heard it from alot of people.
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2011
  3. Redcatcher

    Redcatcher Songster

    May 7, 2010
    At My Desk!
    I don't think it has anything to do with whether or not there are any roosters in the flock or dominance. They probably have a hormonal imbalance or maybe even gynandromorphs. I had a gynandromorph that laid eggs and crowed. If I were you I would check this bird thoroughly to see if one half is slightly different than the other. These birds are male on one side and female on the other. Sometimes there is an obvious difference in the halves and in others almost none at all.
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2011
  4. somadlyinlove

    somadlyinlove Songster

    How old is she/he? Do you have pictures? Are you sure it's not her egg song? Sometimes they start that a few days Before they start laying.
  5. TroutsChicks

    TroutsChicks Fluffy Stuffins

    Jun 5, 2011
    baxter Tn
    Quote:Big word there I was like WTH? love google! wow is all i can say, I am so gonna pay attention to butterflies now!! ( wonder if this happens in humans...)

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