HEN CROWING?! Does she think she's a rooster or what?!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by GottaHatchAPlan, Apr 7, 2018.

  1. GottaHatchAPlan

    GottaHatchAPlan Chirping

    Apr 3, 2018
    Brisbane, Australia
    Our new hen was impatient to be let out this afternoon. We'd just let her out for a wander around the yard and she wanted to be let out again, but we thought we'd wait another hour or so. At first she was just making her typical 'let me out' noises (a sort of rrawwwk noise) and then suddenly she was crowing like a rooster. I ran out to see if there was something wrong with her but she was fine. Nothing out of the ordinary and the crowing stopped as soon as she heard me coming.

    We only have the one hen (she's been poorly, so we're waiting for her to be healthy again before adding a friend) and the run's a working in progress. So far we've just been letting her out of her coop a couple times a day to wander and peck at the yard before leading her back into the coop.
    This is the first time she's made this noise, though.
    Is this normal? Is there a certain meaning to a hen crowing??
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  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Can you post a pic of your bird? How old were you told she is?
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  3. GottaHatchAPlan

    GottaHatchAPlan Chirping

    Apr 3, 2018
    Brisbane, Australia
    Here she is! I'm pretty sure she's a she...
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    The (apparently really shady) lady who sold her to us said she was 8 months old, but the vet put her at 6 months. Either way, she's yet to lay any eggs.

    Update: She did it again this morning to be let out.
    Some people have suggested she's male but I don't think that's so. She has no spurs, no sickle tail feathers and when we took her to the vet 2 weeks ago he didn't mention anything about her being a rooster.
    She matches the pictures of hens in this thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/black-australorp-hen-or-rooster-pics.388625/
    and not the pictures of Australorp cockerels on google images.
    I have found another thread that gives some explanation to her behaviour, though. https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/why-do-hens-crow.661708/
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2018
  4. nekker57

    nekker57 Songster

    Mar 25, 2018
    Outside Jamestown TN
    I was always told that a crowing hen was a sign of bad luck. Those hens always went to the freezer.
  5. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Crossing the Road

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
  6. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
    I am not able to zoom in on thess photos on my computer...Do I see spurs?
  7. Clubber1234

    Clubber1234 Free Ranging

    Feb 11, 2018
    My Coop
    She looks like a he.
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  8. haileyeverhart

    haileyeverhart Songster

    Sep 21, 2014
    I think she is definitely a she, theres no hackle or saddle feathers. My hen did that raawwk sound the other day (shes 6) and lead of the flock. I think she was impatient or just upset about something and it sounded like she was crowing. Nothing to worry about, chickens make the weirdest noises sometimes for no reason.
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  9. Trellinius

    Trellinius Chirping

    Mar 5, 2018
    Yep, the old saying is "Whistling girls and crowing hens always come to some bad ends"
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  10. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Crossing the Road

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    My grandpa used to tell me that when I'd whistle! :lau
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