Dominant Hen Crowing!? what do I do?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 580farm, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. 580farm

    580farm New Egg

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    My three chickens are about 3 months old (Black Australorp, Rhode Island, Ameraucana). The head honcho (Radish, the Australorp) has taken a bit of a mean streak in the past two weeks (biting me, being aggressive), and last week she started this in the early morning:



    It almost sounds like she's trying to imitate a rooster! It starts early in the morning, usually until I let them out, but I've heard her make this call during all hours of the day (except during the night) Is this normal for dominant hens? I'm certain she's a hen, you can tell in another video I made ().

    I tried blocking the light from the coop too, to no avail. Is there anything I can do? I'd prefer not moving the coop too far away from the house to keep critters from harassing them, but I'm almost certain this is bugging the neighbors at this point. Please help!
     
  2. ChickenLove123

    ChickenLove123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am afraid she is a he. [​IMG]
     
  3. 580farm

    580farm New Egg

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    [​IMG]

    Image of her at 11 weeks...is it really so? Is she a he?
     
  4. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

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    Quote:Umm yup. She is a He. [​IMG]

    I just saw your video taken at 8 weeks old and he even had that big comb and wattles then. Plus he's already getting his saddle feathers. [​IMG]
     
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  5. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    saddle feathers are pointing down, hackles getting pointy...Roo
     
  6. ChickenLove123

    ChickenLove123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Right... saddle feathers. And it's a bummer because those black australorps are so dang pretty. [​IMG]
     
  7. 580farm

    580farm New Egg

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    Ah boo! [​IMG] I bought them sexed form mypetchicken.com too...my guess is there's a significant margin of error there? (like 1 in 10?)
     
  8. Theapplechicks

    Theapplechicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:one of my sexed chics was a he too! Not always accurate! So sorry, she is a he!
     
  9. m_shuman

    m_shuman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is definately a HE. My BA's are 17 weeks old and barely have a comb. Here is a picture of one of them I took yesterday.

    [​IMG]
     
  10. 580farm

    580farm New Egg

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    Thanks for your help, everyone! This is my first time raising chickens. In retrospect, I should've suspected earlier with the large comb, and when he leap fogged the hens in size. To Craigslist! Hopefully someone will be willing to trade, he's a bute. [​IMG]
     

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