Do hens "crow" like roosters?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jon J, Jul 29, 2008.

  1. Jon J

    Jon J In the Brooder

    Jun 19, 2008
    I have three big plump white hens. I had another white one that turned out to be a roo instead. Of the three, One is now crowing like a roo but has the large body of a hen. The other white roo is half the size of the three white hens, So I'm kind of puzzled here. Thanks.
  2. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    [​IMG] nope [​IMG] hens don't crow so undoubtly you have yourself another roo

    Hens go..... bak-bak-bak
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  3. firem3

    firem3 Songster

    Sep 15, 2007
    Odenville Alabama
    ive always been told that some hens can and will crow, especially if there was a roo that had been in the flock and was removed.
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  4. Gloria

    Gloria Songster

    None of my hens crow, but they sure can give my roo a good talking to! [​IMG]
  5. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Hens will crow from time to time. It's not common, but not THAT unusual either. As firem said, often crowing hens happen when there is no rooster in the flock and a dominate hen takes on the role of the rooster.
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  6. SamG347

    SamG347 Songster

    Mar 4, 2007
    When I introduced a new rooster made my Blue Ameraucana mad...she leaned back and let out a crow. It was the funniest thing ever. We later took the roo out and she went back to normal. Guess it wasnt love at first sight hah
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  7. chickenbike

    chickenbike Songster

    Quote:Wow...this can really happen? I have 4, 13 week old Patridge Chanteclers. I thought I had 4 hens however.....this week, one began the mornings with "CaCaaw.....CaCaaw". With no wattles or combs it is not so easy to identify roosters. There is no evidence of spurs whatsoever. The only difference is in the feathering pattern.

    I'm guessing a few more weeks will tell me for sure?
  8. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    It most certainly CAN happen.
    I had a bird that was a true hermaphrodite...Slifer the Sky Dragon had huge spurs, was male feathered, and crowed. I put her on female hormones for a month and she STILL crowed, but laid me a beautiful baby yellow egg.

    My 5 year old Leghorn hen, Obelisk the Tormentor, is done with her egglaying for the year. She's been moulting since July. And she's also crowing, so it's a hormonal thing with her.
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  9. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    Hens sometimes will crow, they will also grow spurs (they don't make sexing easy for us, do they?). Not a normal hen behavior, but yes, it does happen.
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  10. I think there are many conversations about this. It seems like it comes up about twice a day lately. Must be Hen crowing season or something...
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