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Why is my 16 week old hen crowing? Or is SHE not a hen, lol?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Hopeful Peacock, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. Hopeful Peacock

    Hopeful Peacock Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 2, 2009
    middle TN
    I have 2 batches of chicks. One is now 16 weeks old, and the younger is now 12 weeks. The younger batch contains 2 roos (out of 6 birds) and the olders are all hens (I hope!) - 9 of them. However, one or two of my older girls have begun to crow in the mornings. I had read someplace that sometimes hens will act like roos if there are no roos around. Has anyone else ever experienced this?

    I am really hoping that none of my girls are really boys! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2011
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    But there are roos around.

    I had a "crowing" hen, only once. The noise she made did sound a bit like a crow, but it really wasn't.

  3. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    Pictures would help [​IMG] I'm sure we would be able to tell you right away if you have a roo or not. I DID have a crowing/mating hen and like the other poster...only one time. She was indeed a hen because she was laying eggs so it CAN happen but pics will help for sure [​IMG]
  4. ChickenLove123

    ChickenLove123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2011
  5. ChickenLove123

    ChickenLove123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2011
    And here's a picture of the squawker. She (hopefully SHE) is 12 weeks old.
  6. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    HUH 12 weeks old...I'm thinking she looks henish to me...can you get a picture of her tail or a side view that shows the back area. But sometimes they fool you LOL
  7. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 28, 2011
    That's a he, sorry. [​IMG]
  8. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

    Mar 22, 2010
    Saratoga County, NY
    Dunno about OP without a pic, but that sounded like a crow in the video - I think that second one is a roo. Yes, occasionally hens do crow, especially if they HAD a roo and now he's gone.. but 99% of the time when someone says 'my 16 week old hen is crowing', it's a roo. [​IMG]

    Here is my OE, who just started laying. She didn't get that red until a week or two ago - 20+ weeks old.
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2011
  9. SarahBeth9394

    SarahBeth9394 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2008
    Quote:Based on what?
  10. bustermommy

    bustermommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2011
    I think that red comb shrieks roo.

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