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

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    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]
     
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  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    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.

    Sorry.
     
  3. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    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

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    ChickenLove123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    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

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

    featherz Veggie Chick

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    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.
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  9. SarahBeth9394

    SarahBeth9394 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Based on what?
     
  10. bustermommy

    bustermommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think that red comb shrieks roo.
     

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