Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Backyard Farm Girl Problems #101: My Hen Crows Like a Rooster





My hen crowed the other week.  Yep, you read that right.  My Easter Egger, Edna, did half a rooster crow. What does a Backyard Farm Girl do?  Panic!  Well, at least that's what I did. If I lived on acreage I might find a crowing hen quite humorous, but I live in a suburban neighborhood on a .24 acre lot with neighbors surrounding me. I know that if my hen starts causing a ruckus my neighbors will want her evicted!


I had to get to the bottom of this situation and try to fix it quick or Edna would have to find a new home.  I hit the internet and researched why hens crow.  According to My Pet Chicken a crowing hen isn't rare!  My Pet Chicken states that "...if your hen has had some damage to her reproductive system (such as an infection in her ovaries), she might begin to look like a rooster on the outside --- and act like one --- due to the hormonal imbalance!  Such a hen wouldn't lay eggs, and may even begin to crow."  

Edna is laying eggs like a champ so I can rule this out!


 My Pet Chicken goes on to say that, "In all-female flocks or flocks in which the ratio of females to males is greater than 10:1, in many cases one female will take on male characteristics and become the "protector" of the rest of the flock.  In addition to coming out with a half-crow she will usually cease laying, and she may even develop spurs to rival a male's."


Well, that's my situation.  What am I going to do?

Luckily Edna's crowing career stopped after a few days so I can stop worrying for now...  However, I'd like to use this as a warning to others who live in the suburbs and want to get chickens...hens are not always as quiet as you think they are going to be.


So anybody out there have a crowing hen?


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