Joseph(ine) the confused chicken

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by frankenchick, May 21, 2017.

  1. frankenchick

    frankenchick Songster

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    I adopted an Australorp years ago that was a first for me. I was told she was a hen, so I called her Josephine.

    Well, one day--after she'd been on our farm long enough to get comfortable--I heard crowing from the yard. I didn't have a rooster, so I had to investigate. I had to hide and observe for a while, but it was soon clear that Josie was doing it. I took a good look at her(?) and found that she did have little spurs. Huh. I renamed my chicken Joseph.

    That was that . . . until the day that I found Joseph sitting in a nest box with an egg. Okay, maybe roosters set eggs, you know, sort of a Mr. Mom thing. More observation convinced me that Joseph(ine) was laying.

    Josephine continued to lay eggs AND crow until we introduced a "for sure" rooster into the yard. Josie kept laying, but stopped crowing.

    I put this story under "Behaviors" because I'm interested to hear why hens would be like this. Do many hens have spurs? Is it a "thing" for a dominant hen to crow in the absence of a rooster?
     
  2. The Angry Hen

    The Angry Hen Crossing the Road

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    Hello,

    That sounds funny,
    some hens do that when they want babies or a rooster.
    No you have a rooster, right? And she stopped, so she is happy!

    -The Angry Hen
     
  3. frankenchick

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    I did find a thread (or whatever they're called now :)) that indicates that this isn't as unusual as I thought. It's just not talked about a lot--kind of like that one relative that everyone has . . .
     
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  4. The Angry Hen

    The Angry Hen Crossing the Road

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    lol, I love that "kind of relative" thing!!! :)
     
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