Older hen crowing

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by GardenDmpls, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. GardenDmpls

    GardenDmpls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've only been getting two eggs a day from the three older (18 months) hens. This morning I saw one of the old hens flapping her wings and making something like a cross between a cackle and a crow. She is definitely a hen, so I don't know what to make of this. I am assuming she's the one who stopped laying. Is there a chance she will knock off the male behavior and start laying again? I should also mention there is a RIR rooster in the flock, but he is young (20 weeks), has only crowed a few times and is still afraid of the large hens.
     
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2013
  2. Veer67

    Veer67 Chillin' With My Peeps

    When a hen crows it could mean that she's diseased, getting on in the years, or in a flock with no rooster a hen may take the role. Sometimes aging hens will crow during non laying periods, when male hormones kick in. [​IMG]
     

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