Older hen crowing

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

  1. GardenDmpls

    GardenDmpls Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 9, 2013
    Far Rockaway, New York
    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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