Dominate hen crowing?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jessupfamily, Jun 13, 2007.

  1. jessupfamily

    jessupfamily Songster

    May 14, 2007
    SW Indiana
    This may have been posted before so I'm sorry if I'm repeating! If you don't have a rooster will the dominate hen start getting up early (like 4am early) and making a fuss that resembles crowing? This is happening to someone I know and he believes he has read that somewhere. Just curious! Thanks.
    Amy J.
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Yes, this can happen if there is no roo. Not very common, but it does happen.
  3. prariechiken

    prariechiken Songster

    Feb 9, 2007
    I used to have a hen that would fly out on the yard in the morning, whip any others that got too close to her and crow...she was even with a rooster...Just feeling good enough to crow, (high testosterone or something, lol)...some breeds have this occur more than others, and it shouldn't worry ya unless you buy in to the old wives tale......
  4. Jezebelle

    Jezebelle In the Brooder

    Jun 6, 2007
    Pinnacle, NC
    i had a hen that did that as well, josephene. she looked like a rooster with her body build, and would try to crow along side the guys. she was taller then all the hens. It was weired!

    ooo old wives tale??? sounds interesting!!
  5. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon

    Jan 27, 2007
    Yes, every morning our `Big Red' RSL crows along with the rooster (always follows by a half a beat but is getting pretty good). She never crows in the evening. She is not the dominant hen. She has spurs and only lays tiny/rubber/shell-free eggs when she lays at all.

    Spotted Crow had a hermaphrodite with similar features (only laid one egg, ever).
  6. wildflower

    wildflower In the Brooder

    Mar 26, 2007
    San Diego, CA
    I just heard a clasic "cock a doodle doo" out of my all girl chicken house. It seemed to have come from our one exotic from Mcmurry. Very large black, white and grey bird ( perhaps a wyandotte?) with a growing quickly pea comb. How can we tell if this is a rooster? She/he is pesky and difficult to! I have a photo but can't figure out how to transfer it.
  7. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon

    Jan 27, 2007
    Wildflower, safest assumption is that you've got an incipient roo! Our `odd' hen didn't start this crowing business until she was over a year and a half old (though she alway had spurs).

    We've no experience with just how dominant (physical/behavior changes) a hen can be as we have a roo for the flock.
  8. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Songster

    May 4, 2007
    How strange...and interesting. Crowing hens, lol!!
  9. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon

    Jan 27, 2007
    Angie n Maine, yes, it's pretty odd. It's not so odd as automictic parthenogenesis (turkeys/some lizards and snakes producing male offspring with no mating at all), but certainly a surprise to us.

    Here's the link to an earlier thread where crowing hens were discussed (along with their eggs - what there are of them).
  10. pipit

    pipit In the Brooder

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brooksville, FL
    I just logged on to ask this very thing! Just now,Hyacinth, one of my Buff Orpington hens, started crowing! She's larger than the others and has very prominent waddles and comb and rule the roost. I have no roo, although my neighbor's roo visits my girls almost everyday. My autistic son got such a kick out of her. She and 6 of her coop mates are 4 months old. I have 4 other assorted pullets of varying ages and breeds and 2 month old broad breasted bronze toms. Is this type of gender confusion very common among flocks without a rooster?

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