- Aug 29, 2014
I have two hens; one is going through a hard molt and one is not. The molting hen started making this little chirping sound a few days ago. At first I thought she was just complaining about molting, but I noticed that she does it when she finds worms in the ground, and then my other hen runs over. I have read that this is a rooster behavior, chirping to call hens over for treats (I have never had a rooster, though, so I don't know if the sound and behavior are the same). Is my hen starting to exhibit rooster behaviors, triggered by molting? I hope not, but is this possible? Or is there some other reason she would be behaving this way while molting? The molting hen has always been the lead hen but is less assertive than usual these days as she is clearly not feeling herself. The non-molting hen is getting fat and glossy on the Feather Fixer feed and is a little more confident than she used to be.