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We humans have a mixture of male and female hormones. I am talking about cells. Chickens have both types of cells.

 

Do a search on "sex changes in chickens".


I am going to do that. this is so interesting. I was scared when I saw my hen growing spurts, but now this is like the best science experiment ever.

If I was still in school I would do a report of this. How cool are chickens!!!

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Here's what I was able to find on google - I hope its not more information that people wanted to know.

 

http://www.livescience.com/13514-sex-change-chicken-gertie-hen-bertie-cockerel.html

http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/BRKChange.html

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Ok, my girls are 5. I am not sure if that is old for a chicken or not. But would it be common for more of them to grow spurts as they get older? Like the natural

process of aging for chickens. 

5 years is not a record age for a hen, but it is definitely in the upper 95% age wise.  This is why i will not breed older hens and roosters unless I badly need to breed them to keep a line with good genes going.

 

Yes it is possible for an older hen to grow spurs but said hen will likely grow spurs or show a likely hood of doing so before she is 5 years. 


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I hoping I can get mine to five.  I will feel like I must have done something right if they make it that long :)

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5 years is not a record age for a hen, but it is definitely in the upper 95% age wise.  This is why i will not breed older hens and roosters unless I badly need to breed them to keep a line with good genes going.

 

Yes it is possible for an older hen to grow spurs but said hen will likely grow spurs or show a likely hood of doing so before she is 5 years. 


Thanks for your post. I was wondering about the ages of hens. I had no idea how old was considered old for a hen.

This helps, thanks so much. I am not sure of the natural life span of a hen but I guess 5 is a good life for a hen.

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I hoping I can get mine to five.  I will feel like I must have done something right if they make it that long :)


This is my first flock, I don't know it all and am still learning as I go. If I can get them to 5 years old I know that you can :-)

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