How Do You Stop a Hen From Crowing?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Featherland, Jul 1, 2012.

  1. Featherland

    Featherland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 17 week old Welsummer pullet that recently started crowing. Yes she is definitely a she. I don't think she is the top pullet in the pen. Her comb is small but red and she has red wattles. I think she is getting ready to start laying. Her crow sounds like a rooster crow but not nearly as loud. However it happens quite often during the day and is annoying and if I can't get her to stop I will have to get rid of her.
     
  2. karlamaria

    karlamaria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hens do not crow, you can say yes its a she, but if SHE is crowing then she is a he LOL maybe you better post a pic of her/he so the experts here can tell you what it is.
     
  3. Captain Cluck

    Captain Cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Actually, some hens Do crow. We had a mutt hen that laid eggs and crowed every morning. She was an only, so that may have had something to do with it. We got her as an adult from our local humane society (who foolishly told my youngest daughter "If you can catch it, you can keep it" - enough said).

    I called the humane society where we got her (had no info for us - maybe she is really a he? - really? roosters lay eggs???)

    Called Several Vets in the area. The farm vet told us "yes, hens can crow. Try giving her layer pellets as that may help with "rebalancing her hormones. This is only the third crowing hen I have heard of in my entire life." (they didn't)

    Called animal control before the neighbors could to explain the situation (they were surprised that our "rooster" laid eggs)

    Called the neighbors to explain that yes, she is a hen that lays eggs. we don't know why she crows or how to stop it, called animal control, several vets and the humane society and got very little help, but we will try. They didn't believe us either.

    She finally stopped crowing when she was taken out overnight by feral cats. She would insist on roosting high up in a large oak tree and we couldn't get her into a pen no matter what we tried. She was a cagey bird for the most part.


    Edited to add: Her crow sounded like the first crow a cockerel makes - a rather gurgly cock a doodle doo. (really more like err erooo)
     
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  4. Featherland

    Featherland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welsummer hens and roosters have distinctly different feathering. I am expert enough to tell the difference.
     
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  5. Featherland

    Featherland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I started them on layer feed about a week ago, hopefully that will help.
    Her "crow" sounds like errRRR. Not quite like a real rooster, definitely not as loud.
     
  6. Captain Cluck

    Captain Cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't worry about it. Layer pellets may or may not help, but they certainly won't hurt.
    A crowing hen is not that unusual, nor is it dangerous for her to crow. Just let her be.

    If you have a rooster, she may eventually stop. If you do not have a rooster, she may continue her crowing. Or she may stop. Who knows?

    Some people think it is a dominance thing (alpha hen crows to establish her place in the world), but if this were true, all roosterless flocks would have a crowing hen (and we know they don't).

    I'm not an expert by any means, but if you can stand it (and your neighbors don't complain) just let her be. Maybe post a You Tube video of her doing her thing.
    Enjoy your birds.[​IMG]
     
  7. PoultryGirly

    PoultryGirly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would like to see a picture please!!!
     
  8. Featherland

    Featherland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She looks just like the chicken in my avatar.
     
  9. Kanga77510

    Kanga77510 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had a couple hens try to crow. We went without a rooster for a while and a couple hens took it upon themselves to crow and "mate" the other hens. The crows were comical at best, but I knew what was happening. LOL It was a very confusing time in our backyard.
     
  10. Featherland

    Featherland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Update: She now rarely crows. I think she wanted attention from me. I used to ignore her, thinking I would reinforce unwanted behavior if I gave her attention. So now I make a point of talking to her directly and giving her attention. If she needs attention she lets me know. lol SHE lays a very nice dark brown egg. I changed the pic in my avatar so it is no longer a Welsummer hen.
     
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