Have a crowing pullet

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by chickchoon1, Dec 15, 2015.

  1. chickchoon1

    chickchoon1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have three 7 mo pullets (fairly sure and will try to get pics on here but my computer deleted my only attempt at downloading vids from card reader so terrified to try more) and they're all mutts (different mamas too) and when I got up this morning I heard the only roo I have (3 years old) then I heard obvious new attempt at a crow sound. Very cute but unexpected![​IMG][​IMG]
    And I know these 2 pics are useless in sexing but this is the only 1 of 3 I haven't watched lay an egg yet. I will separate "her" tonight and see if she lays in the next few day. And I know some girl chx can crow but this will be a first in 13 yrs. of my keeping chx.
     
  2. chickchoon1

    chickchoon1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    3rd pullet confirmed! Just went out to turn all chx loose and the above pullet, Buttercup (because of her comb-I've given up on being creative with names) was the first to jump in the outside nest box and she laid what was probably her first egg. It was bloody and I don't know if she was the one crowing this morning but it was probably one of the 3 young birds. So crowing doesn't prove its a male 100% of the time. Fascinating.
     
  3. showinbirds

    showinbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    congrats
     
  4. CrazyTalk

    CrazyTalk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Crowing pullets usually have some sort of damage to their reproductive tracts - usually a bad ovary or something along those lines.
     
  5. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    Occasionally you'll have a pullet make crowing sounds while her young body sorts out all those sudden hormonal fluctuations going on as her body prepares for egg laying. I call it the confused egg-song. And you occasionally will find a dominant hen in a hen-only group make crowing sounds. However, as mentioned above, an older hen who is entering henopause, may start crowing if she is dealing with a lack of hormones which can be caused by an infection. Despite this issue many otherwise healthy older hens will live a long life.
     
  6. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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    Congrats on the first egg! It's normal for there to be blood on a pullets first few eggs. I would not be to worried about the crowing, some hens (especially game type breeds) will crow and even mate with other less dominant hens in the flock, though it's more common in older hens. I would keep an eye on her, as long as she is acting normal, laying, and healthy I would not be worried.
     
  7. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    I had a Buff Orpington that much preferred the song of a roo to those she was supposed to make. When the other girls would lay and sing their egg song, she'd get off the nest, admire her handiwork for a minute, then crow her pride! Sheesh. Silly chickens! Congrats on Buttercup's first egg.
     
  8. chickchoon1

    chickchoon1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Haven't checked back here in a while....Thanks for info guys!! Whichever pullet/hen was doing it is still doing it (in the morning/dark) but don't know which bird yet. Hopefully this weekend I can get out very early and sit in shed with them and figure it out.
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    When you find out, please let us know [​IMG]
     
  10. CochinLover1

    CochinLover1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not having any roosters and/or a hormone imbalance will do that.
     

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