Saturday, May 05, 2012

Another crowing hen incident

I have a hen that predicts earthquakes... with her crowing.

It started early March last year, when suddenly she started crowing, almost constantly for 4 days straight - and some of the nights too.  The three days leading up to and the day of the large earthquake in Japan.

She is a real hen.  Henny Penny lays eggs and does all the things hens do.  But she also crows when there is going to be an earthquake.

Since last year March, the only times she has crowed has been just before a sizeable earthquake somewhere on the Pacific Rim. It's been 9 or 10 earthquakes she's predicted now.  There was one time that she crowed and there wasn't an earthquake, but that day she only did two half hearted cock-a-doodle-doos, and went back to normal.  Then about a week later, she stared crowing like mad and there were two or three large earthquakes in the same day (one or two of them were in Mexico I think, it was quite recent).

Actually, it's somewhat common for hen's to crow.  Sometimes if there is no rooster in the flock, or if he's not strong enough to do his job, one hen will take over.  She will stand look out and defend the flock if a predator attacks.  And she will crow.

Other times, a hen might have something wrong with her egg laying equipment and develop serious roo-traits, including crowing.

Neither of these are true in the case of my crowing hen.  The unusual thing is that she can go months without, then suddenly start up again.  There is no rime or reason to this crowing except that it is followed by an earthquake - I'm starting to see a pattern here.  But I think I need to start documenting it to see if there is a correlation, or just my mind making connections after the fact.

The point of all this is, that the last two days Henny Penny, my most beloved chicken, has been acting very out of sorts the last two days.  Yesterday she was in a bit of a mood, and today, it's been full on weirdness.  No crowing yet, but I'll let you know if there is.

Best update your emergency kit just in case.


Josiane said...

So... anything happened? I've been offline for a bit, so I'm a bit out of touch with what happened in the world in the past two days. Any event happened that you could link to Henny Penny's behaviour, this time? I'm curious!

raven said...

No earth shaking events yet, just usual political unrest. She hasn't started crowing and is calming down now, so I'm thinking it was just the full moon. Apparently it was a 'super moon' which means it's extra close to the earth this month and had a strong effect on the tides and such.

I'll be sure to let you know if she starts crowing, then it's duck and cover.

Josiane said...

Oh, that's right, the super moon! It totally could have had a stronger effect than a regular full moon on such a sensitive hen as Henny Penny...