Farming forum: My hen is trying to crow...??

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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
May 10, 2016 12:12 PM CST
My head hen (also one of two who routinely fly over the fence to free range) was repeatedly trying to crow this morning. She looked and sounded rather ridiculous, although she was getting a recogniseable crow out, neck extended and hooked, and flapping her wings like a big girl. What's up with that? I don't have a rooster. If I wasn't laughing so hard, I would have tried to snap a photo.
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Name: Critter (Jill)
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critterologist
May 10, 2016 12:17 PM CST
No rooster... "Nature abhors a vaccuum" maybe? Must have been a sight!
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Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
May 11, 2016 7:04 PM CST
I hope she doesn't have to use any public bathrooms in North Carolina ... that might be confusing for all involved.


Name: Deb
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Bonehead
May 19, 2016 2:04 PM CST
She's still doing it. I read that often a flock without a rooster will trigger this. It's sure amusing.
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
May 19, 2016 5:12 PM CST
Is she still laying eggs or has she decided to implement a complete sex change?
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
May 19, 2016 5:17 PM CST
Near as I can tell, she's still laying. With 8 hens, I still get 8 eggs often enough to assume all are producing.
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
May 19, 2016 6:30 PM CST
Ah, so she wants to have it both ways...
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Jun 21, 2016 12:34 PM CST
I had a Black Star hen that "turned into a rooster" once a few years ago. I had learned that this can happen back in Ag class in HS. In all my years it's only happened once. She was about 8 years old. I've read that they can have some hormonal changes when they get older and they start to transition. (Caitlin Jenner, you're not the first Rolling on the floor laughing ) This one grew a larger comb, got longer spurs and crowed every day. She quit laying eggs though. I never saw her try to mount a hen though. I had 3 other roosters at the time. One night I forgot to lock the chickens up, and a raccoon came. Two of the roosters and she/he must have tried to defend the hens, and they were all dead the next morning. I think I wrote about this in some other thread a while back, sorry for the repeat.
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Aug 14, 2016 4:15 PM CST
She was at it again today. I tried to catch it on video but she became shy (or more likely was looking for a free handout).
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Name: KadieD
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Rainbow
Aug 14, 2016 4:23 PM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! When one of our hens lays an egg, she "crows" to the whole world what she had just done. So every single chicken in proximity "crows" in celebration of the event. It becomes quite a choir!
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Aug 14, 2016 4:35 PM CST
Yeah, my hens are awfully proud of their eggs as well, and they cackle loudly with every offering. This is my head hen and she is actually trying to crow like a roo. She hunches her neck, flaps her wings, and lets loose with the most pathetic 'crow' I've ever heard. Not quite sure what might happen if I ever get a rooster again (our last one was just too mean for words).
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Aug 14, 2016 6:40 PM CST
What breed was your mean rooster? I have had numerous roosters - none on purpose - and never had a mean one.
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Aug 14, 2016 8:29 PM CST
He was a Welsummer. I had a Rhode Island Red years ago who was nice as pie. Here's Roto-Rooster (the meanie):

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I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
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porkpal
Aug 14, 2016 8:49 PM CST
Ah, the Kellogg's cornflakes rooster!
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