Hens that Crow

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by fuzzer, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. fuzzer

    fuzzer In the Brooder

    Jul 7, 2007
    Oakland, California
    Hey all,

    I have a Blue Andalusian hen that just started crowing. She was our first to lay eggs and is the alpha chicken. One of our younger chickens turned out to be a rooster so we had to get rid of him last week. Now Poppy our hen is crowing. Is this behavior normal? The reason roosters are illegal in oakland is because of noise. I dont want to have to get rid of my favorite hen.

    any advice
  2. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I had a true hermaphrodite bird.
    She'd crow and do the deed with her sister.
    And I put her on hormones and she laid one baby yellow coloured egg for me.
    I had to keep her inside or muzzled so the neighbours wouldn't complain.

    Part of it IS your Andalusian being the top hen.

    And it IS normal.
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2008
  3. raindrop

    raindrop Songster

    Feb 10, 2008
    Western Oregon
    I had about 10 chickens (1 roo) and lost 6 to a fox one day. The dominant hen (Buff Orpington) started crowing a little while later. She was eaten by a hawk last spring and none of the remaining 3 hens have started to crow.

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