Hen imitating a rooster?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Lobzi, Aug 23, 2008.

  1. Lobzi

    Lobzi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Has anyone ever had a hen try and cock-a-doodle-do in a hen's"voice." Chickie doesnt really sound like Roo but when he is crow and they are separated, she tries to call or answer him by crowing too.

    Does this sound like familiar hen behavior to anyone?
     
  2. krjwaj

    krjwaj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our 9 week Araucuna let out a few 'crows' for a few days then stopped.
    First we thought she was a he. Now, we think she heard us talking about 'if it crows, it goes' and she's keeping quiet. [​IMG]
     
  3. Lobzi

    Lobzi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Chickie did another Roo imitation: She found a worm and did the cluck cluck (I found something good to eat) thing that Roo always does. I think it is so cute. I am raising her alone with only Roo for company. I guess she is doing the best she can to become the only chicken she knows!!!
     
  4. sianara

    sianara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2007
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    A few months ago 3 of my 4 bantam hens were brooding and the lone female was left with the rooster. One day while I was in the yard, I saw her crow and I thought "ut-oh, she must be going through The Change" but after an occasional crow over a weeks time, she stopped and I haven't heard her do it again.
     
  5. MaranDude

    MaranDude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's happened to all of my flocks. When there isn't a dominant male to keep the order of the flock the most dominant "she-male" will take the role of the rooster which is the cause of the cockadoodledooing. Sometimes the female will even start trying to inseminate the other chickens which I trust you is not a pleasent sight. [​IMG]
     
  6. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    My 5 year old Leghorn started crowing about a month ago, when she started moulting...I have a feeling that she's going through "hen-opause".
     
  7. kristenm1975

    kristenm1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not sure if my little maran is a hen imitating a rooster or she is really a he. In any case, the bird in question has been seen trying on two occasions to mount one of the other hens, and has been doing some pretty aggressive, head up, chest out, neck feathers standing out confrontation of the biggest hen we have, the cochin. I actually renamed the maran Plucky when she (he?) started up with that, but now with the mounting and the much taller comb and longer waddles, I'm wondering if it might be time to take him back where he came from. At three months, shouldn't a rooster be crowing by now to make it clear what we've got?
     
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    If you post a pic, we couold possibly tell you if it looks like a rooster. At a young age such as 3 months though, it's probably a roo. A hen who takes over roo roles usually happens in mature adults when no roo is present.
     
  9. Lobzi

    Lobzi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:OK, here is a couple of Chickie and one with her standing with Roo. Chickie has no real sign of a comb and no waddles. I doubt she is a "he" but she does a great "cock a doodle "do for a hen.
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  10. Lobzi

    Lobzi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Do all roosters have combs? Do all roosters have spurs? Chickie has neither. From the pics, can anyone tell for sure if Chickie is a hen?
     

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