hen crowing.... or something

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by motorboat, Apr 10, 2016.

  1. motorboat

    motorboat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 31, 2012
    I have never seen this before. This hen does something similar to a crow. She does this when people show up as if she is excited. She can do this for 15-20 mins. She eventually stops/calms down. This is just a small sample. She strains her neck out and really gets into it. I don't know what to call it. It's not a bock bock you typically hear from a female.

    What is this?

    Last edited: Apr 10, 2016
  2. chickluvinfreak

    chickluvinfreak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Do you have a rooster? If not is she the alpha hen? Sometimes if you have a flock of hens and no rooster one of the females will step in and take his place. Even going as far as to start crowing, mating, and growing rooster like plumage after a molt. I had a lone hen once who did this because their weren't any other chickens with her. It could be something else though, it's just my best guess.
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    Not a super common occurrence, but not unheard of either. Funny little thing :D
  4. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

    May 18, 2009
    We have a hen that has laid many eggs over the years. Now she has gone through "henapause" and has decided to start crowing. [VIDEO]
  5. motorboat

    motorboat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 31, 2012
    Sjisty, now that's a crow!

    My hen is new to the flock. She started this the first day I got her. No roosters. She fits right in, is very energetic and involved and puts up with the mild pecking she gets from 2 of the other hens. Like I said in my original post she does this mostly when people show up. It's as if she is excited. After a while she stops. Maybe she gets tired. She puts a lot in to it and the neck straining is hilarious.

    I guess it's her way of expressing herself.

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