Our GLW hen is crowing! Idenity crisses?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tabatha_westcott, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. tabatha_westcott

    tabatha_westcott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This morning we heard our hen let out a crow. (More like a scream) We thought she was in distress but she was just fine. Strutting around the yard crowing like a roo. We did have a roo that she was raised with and recently had to give him away because of the neighbors. Is she missing him or having an idenity crisses? She IS a hen. Been laying eggs for about a year now.
     
  2. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    I have a hen that crows. Everybody said get a rooster, she will stop. She didn't. But, she only crows when the rooster is in the other pen with his "other" girls !
     
  3. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Folklore says a crowing hen predicts illness in the household.
     
  4. tabatha_westcott

    tabatha_westcott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Oh no. I sure hope not... Im pregnant
     
  5. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

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    Maybe she is taking over the alpha role that had belonged to the rooster. [​IMG]
     
  6. SandraChick

    SandraChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    It 's not too unusual for the lead hen to take on the role of a rooster (in the absence of one)...they will lead the flock and yes....they will often end up crowing.
     
  7. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    Its called, boringly enough, "hencrowing." Often , in a flock without a rooster, or one that is yet to become dominant, a hen will step into to the dominant position. What people will call the "alpha position."

    Never really a crow, per se, it can be pretty loud and in my experience, pretty wicked sounding. It reminds of what a banshee must sound like.
     

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