My Broody Hen Crows

| 5/13/2016 9:34:00 AM

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.

5/18/2016 10:35:47 PM

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

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.

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