SS pullet trying to crow!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by azygous, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. azygous

    azygous Flock Master

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Yesterday, as well as this morning, my speckled sussex pullet Linda has been completely going off in the noise department! It sounds as if she's being slaughtered alive! She winds up with a series of "bok-bok-bok-bok-bok-bok", each "bok" getting faster and higher in tone, and then when she hits the final, highest "bok", she lets it trail off like a rooster finishing his crow.

    At first I was scared she might be in great pain, maybe with an egg stuck. I hurried to evict the roosters from the coop where she insists on laying her eggs, but she didn't appear to have an egg-laying emergency. Then it dawned on me this morning, as she was doing this routine of hers, she's trying to crow!

    I've read about hens sometimes taking over the rooster role when the flock has lost their roo, but Linda is as far removed from being in the pecking order position to do that as she is in resembling an actual rooster!

    Chickens never cease to amaze me!
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    If it's bok bok bok bok BAGAWWWK, that is the egg song.

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