Pullet trying to crow????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chuckEboy, Dec 25, 2014.

  1. chuckEboy

    chuckEboy In the Brooder

    Nov 22, 2014
    I recently purchased 7 silver laced wyondotte pullets from someone to add to my flock of 10 blue laced red wyondottes. My blue laced reds are 6 mnths old and the silvers were supposed to be 13 weeks old. I have had them for a month now and this morning one of them seemed to be trying to crow. It doesn't look any different than the others as far as nothing distinguishing it to look like a rooster. These are the first chickens I have raised but the blue laced red I raised from 7 days old and I could definately tell the difference in them before they started crowing.
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Crowing hens do happen - but these are mature birds who have reached a point where hormonal imbalance can occur and/or in flocks where they are taking on the role of a dominant bird/rooster - if the "pullet" of 17(ish) weeks is truly starting to practice crowing then it is most likely not a pullet at all. Also, crowing hens are not nearly as common as one might believe from what is read online.

    I would suggest taking a few photos of your bird in question and posting them so that we can see the bird.
  3. chicksurreal

    chicksurreal Songster

    Dec 3, 2013
    I have a SS Hamburg hen that crows now and then. She started doing this at about 12-14 weeks. She's about 16 months old now. She has been a regular egg layer and acts normally, except for the occasional crowing and she does have spurs that are about an inch long. They aren't sharp or anything, they're kind of stumpy.
  4. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    If your Wyandotte pullets all appear to have the same feathering, they probably are all females. SLW cockerels have much darker feathers than the girls, and a lot more contrasting coloring. If you haven't got at least one boy in the bunch, count yourself extremely lucky because Wynadottes are hard to sex accurately.

    I have a four-year old Sussex hen who enjoys crowing on occasion, whether or not roosters are present. Granted it sounds more like a strangled yodel towards the end of it, than a true cock-a-doodle-do, but she is extremely intent when she does it, mostly early in the morning, and more often in the spring and summer.
  5. LaylaFlora

    LaylaFlora Songster

    Apr 1, 2012
    I had a Black Australorp years ago that crowed. It was more like a hilarious gurgle!
    She was my best layer and was definitely boss of rest of the hens. We had no roosters at the time.
  6. chuckEboy

    chuckEboy In the Brooder

    Nov 22, 2014
    I have been trying to upload some pics but for some reason it won't let me. But as far as looking at them there is really nothing that would distinguish this bird from the others. When my BLR were growing I could see the difference between the cockerells and pullets.

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