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Hen behaving like a cockrel? Please help
Sun 18-Jul-10
11:38 am
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jojo2007

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Hi guys, ive had my 2 welsummers for over a year now, and had to wait a year before we got any eggs. Only one of them lays, the other one, although looks exactly the same as the other has started to make strange calling noises while kind of rearing up, and i have seen/heard it today several times looking as if its trying to mate with the other one, pecking at it into a kind of submission and trying to mount it. Now they are about 1.5 years ols and at the beginning we had 3 - one of which turned out to be a cock so we got rid of it cos we live in a suburban semi. I would have thought if this was a cock we would def know by now. It doesnt have any characteristics of a typical cock, but maybe someone could help me? This behaviour coupled with the fact it has never laid an egg....... Is it a cock? Or is it a hen that thinks its a cock? Is this normal behaviour? Please help i dont know anyone else with chickens so dont know who to ask, if it is a male it will have to go.

Sun 18-Jul-10
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I will have to ask Fiona, Jojo, but all the evidence your described points to a cockerel. One of our cockerels was a runt and did not develop a proper crowing voice, which could be similar to the sound you are hearing. I think if there has been no egg after 1.5 years then it is unlikely to be female.

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Sun 18-Jul-10
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yes hens can change into cockrels of sorts, but they cant fertalise the hens, so not much use either way realey, unless you are fond of it get the pot ready and find more hens . MOS

and as a by line CAN'T TURKEYS FLY WELL just fetched our new chicks back from next door (both SIDES) now i am trying to catch them to clip their wings  monsterdevilsteampintpintpintAAHHH thats better

sit down with a cupa and the urge will subside

Sun 18-Jul-10
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 wave Oh MOS, you are going to have such fun with these turkeys!!   eeek 

 And Danny,  I agree with you, it does not sound like a female at all.  Very strange behaviour.

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Sun 18-Jul-10
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MOS
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ALLREADY AM just clipped a wing on each and they are looking at me with beedy eyes ,i hope they dont figure out they have a pair between them .Mrs MOS says we cant name them because they are christmas dinner but PAXO and CURRY seem to fit .we got a bit of a mixup and had a bourbon red and a lilac one so should be easy to tell them apart ,we should have had bronze's but they escaped during the last storm and dident find cover .not too bright turkeys apparently,MOS

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