Do hens "crow" like roosters?

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

  1. lindseykoehler

    lindseykoehler Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 30, 2007
    Napa, California
    Yep - hens can crow. We had one...the white Delaware hen in my photo. She didn't do it all that often...but one morning she woke us up at 5:30am...crowing, still on her perch. That was too much so we gave her to a local farm that sometimes takes in homeless animals. Incidentally, we had 3 hens, got them as chicks and we never had a rooster. She took on the rooster role. And we're sure she was a SHE because she laid eggs!!!
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  2. Sarree

    Sarree Out Of The Brooder

    May 18, 2008
    Akron Ohio
    my little english game hen sometimes (rarely) crows. It really is quite funny!!

  3. chickenbike

    chickenbike Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks for the further info. I shall search for the other threads on this topic for more reading!
  4. missourichickenmama

    missourichickenmama SURPRISE!

    Jul 17, 2008
    whistling girls and crowing hens always come to some bad end. couldn't resist that one although i whistle a lot it drives my mom crazy back to the question i have no clue :p
  5. missourichickenmama

    missourichickenmama SURPRISE!

    Jul 17, 2008
    Quote:weird n' weirder
  6. ravenfeathers

    ravenfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    as others have said, yes, they can crow like roosters. i've got a solitary hen who crows for about fifteen minutes in the morning, especially if she thinks we're slow on getting her out to her run. it's not as loud as a rooster and is a little rougher sounding, but i think it's really cute. [​IMG]
  7. LMAC

    LMAC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2012
    I have 5 hens that are about 14 weeks old and one of them crows at dawn just like a rooster - but there are no spurs that a rooster would have. She has wattles and combs and is definitely the alpha figure of the flock. She is currently molting so maybe when she's done the crowing will stop? Roosters are not allowed in our neighborhood and I'd hate to have to get rid of her/him.
  8. Chicken Frenzie

    Chicken Frenzie Chicken Whisperer

    Nov 2, 2010
    Same here. Hens will sometimes take on the position of the flock "rooster" or the highest point. I'm guessing that most people's hens don't because the hens think the human is the more dominant.
  9. I have a new hen, well 5 hens, and they used to be at a home with lots of other hens and a lot of roos, the head hen makes a sound like a mix between a goose honk and a crow, it is so funny!
  10. Gomes Bantams

    Gomes Bantams Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had a 14 year old buff orp and she crowed and it sounded like a turkey getting ran over buy a bus.

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