Hen "crowing"?????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LarissaCluck, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. LarissaCluck

    LarissaCluck Chirping

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    Ok forgive me if this is a totally stupid question. New chicken owner!!

    So my easter egger hen I inherited has been crowing in the morning the last few weeks. It's definitely a she, she definitely lays eggs. ANd no its not as much of a crow as a roosters, but its still loud. I worry about it being obnoxious to the neighbors! We are allowed to keep chickens in my zone, but not roosters and basically as long as there aren't a lot of complaints with noise.

    So what gives? Why do hens do this? Is it a dominance thing?
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    In the absence of a rooster the top hen will take over that role, sometimes including the crowing.
     
  3. paddock36

    paddock36 Crowing

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    Are you sure it's a crow and not the egg song from laying or could it be another sneaky roo in the bunch?
     
  4. LarissaCluck

    LarissaCluck Chirping

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    How fascinating! At least she isnt' doing it at all hours of the day and night...at least not yet [​IMG]
     
  5. LarissaCluck

    LarissaCluck Chirping

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    Quote:I'm pretty sure, its only aroudn 6 or 7 when they are all waking up and scratching out in the sand.

    Haha definitely no sneaky roos. I only have three hens right now (besides the eggs I bought in the incubator). And i've seen her do it before whiel I'm drinking my coffee.
     
  6. LarissaCluck

    LarissaCluck Chirping

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    Resurrecting to ask more questions...

    Any guesses how common it is? Would any hen in charge wihtout a rooster start doing this?

    It seems to be getting more frequent, and I am fearful of my neighbors behind me starting to complain about Ms. Helga. I don't want to lose all ability to keep chickens. If I re-homed her would one of my other chickens start doing the same thing?
     
  7. ChickyLaura

    ChickyLaura The Crazy Chicken Lady

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    Interesting. I had some hens "try" to crow when we had roos learning to crow, but then they stopped.

    When I just had all hens, none of them crowed, just the egg song.
     
  8. Peck Johnson

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    This does happen when there is no rooster present but usually stops as the bird matures.
     
  9. LarissaCluck

    LarissaCluck Chirping

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    She's older though! At least 4 years I believe. Crazy Helga.
     
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2011
  10. Peck Johnson

    Peck Johnson Chirping

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    Quote:That so funny. We experienced this with some young birds but they eventually stopped. [​IMG]
     

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