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My Broody Hen Crows

Faithful HomesteaderIn the past, I have written about my crowing hen Buster. Initially, I did not understand why she was crowing. She was not at the top of the pecking order and she was not going through a change. She starts laying every season. Last year I made the connection with her broodiness and her crowing.

Broody crowing hen

I have not found any information about this anywhere, but at least two years in a row now, we have noticed that she starts crowing right after she goes broody. We always work to break our broody hens since we have no rooster. This year we thought we were successful again when she was not spending her time in the nesting box, but the next day, she started crowing.

This year the crowing has been worse than ever. Our girl took to crowing all day. Since I worry about my neighbors, I bring her inside and put her in our chicken hospital that also doubles as a time out box. For a couple weeks, she spent a lot of time inside. It was kind of funny to us to have a hen crowing in the house.

Previously, once our little Buster went broody, she would quit laying until the following spring. This year has surprised us. One day she didn’t crow at all. I noticed that her comb was looking pretty good. I had been hoping she would start laying again, but I wasn’t holding my breath.

The next day my husband had found her in the nesting box laying on our other hen’s egg. He just took her out and didn’t think anything of it. When he told me about it, I thought it was strange. When I went to check on her, she was out of the coop and acting just fine. I decided to check the nesting box and sure enough, there was a cute little Buster egg.

We were both just so surprised that she started laying again. In several seasons, this has not happened. Another reason I was happy was to have a break from the crowing. However, she was not finished. I was away from home and I received a text a few days after she stopped crowing from my husband asking me why she had to crow.

I couldn’t believe that she was crowing and laying eggs at the same time. This had not been her usual behavior. Just when I thought I had her all figured out, she does that. Now she has been crowing again for a couple of days, but not all day like before. She has crowed for a few minutes and then that is it. At least it is an improvement.

She is a crazy little hen. There just never seems to be a dull moment with her. I am still super excited that she started giving us eggs again, but not about the crowing. In previous years, she eventually does give up the crowing. I am looking forward to that quiet time.  

faithfulhomesteader
5/18/2016 10:35:47 PM

Thanks for stopping by Nebraska Dave. Nature is definitely interesting. Have a great day.


nebraskadave
5/18/2016 7:24:26 AM

Faithful Homesteader, nature is definitely interesting, isn't it. Just when you think you have nature figured out, there comes the curve ball. I have heard of hens that crow but have not witnessed the mysterious gender identity phenomena. It must be a difficult thing for broody to fit in the pecking order with the rest of the flock. She is a beauty though. Good luck with helping your broody hen through her crowing periods of life. ***** Have a great crowing silence day.