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What gender is this chicken!?

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Alright everyone, I have finally decided to ask the question I have been wondering about for a year. What gender is this he/she? My he/she is named Betsy and he/she is a New Hampshire. I always thought Betsy was a hen because he/she lays eggs. Around a year ago I began to get curious as to why my "hen" has spurs and a giant comb. My rooster does breed her. Is it possible to have a transgender chicken? Or is my Betsy just a weirdo?

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1 Marans cross, 2 Silkie crosses, 3 Australorps, 3 Easter Eggers, 4 Rhodebars, 1 Golden Cuckoo Marans, 1 Gold Laced Brahma, 1 Cream Legbar, 1 English Orpington bantam, 2 Barred Plymouth Rock bantams, 2 Silver Pencilled Plymouth Rocks, 5 White Crested Black Polish, and 4 heritage Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds. I also can't forget our two mixed breed cats, Figaro and J.J. and our American Golden...
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1 Marans cross, 2 Silkie crosses, 3 Australorps, 3 Easter Eggers, 4 Rhodebars, 1 Golden Cuckoo Marans, 1 Gold Laced Brahma, 1 Cream Legbar, 1 English Orpington bantam, 2 Barred Plymouth Rock bantams, 2 Silver Pencilled Plymouth Rocks, 5 White Crested Black Polish, and 4 heritage Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds. I also can't forget our two mixed breed cats, Figaro and J.J. and our American Golden...
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No picture, but spurs do not always means rooster. Ive had a couple of hens that have had spurs, even my little silkie hen who raises many chicks had spurs, some just grow them. And depending on the breed, some hens can have big combs too

Currently have:

LF:,buff laced brahma , gold laced brahma , light brahma,, ,bearded white polish, leghorn

Bantam: WC polish, silver polish, bearded white polish, partridge silkies, red pyle phoenix, red/buff cochin, brown red modern game, splash and white silkies

In the bator:  Some of everything

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Currently have:

LF:,buff laced brahma , gold laced brahma , light brahma,, ,bearded white polish, leghorn

Bantam: WC polish, silver polish, bearded white polish, partridge silkies, red pyle phoenix, red/buff cochin, brown red modern game, splash and white silkies

In the bator:  Some of everything

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post #5 of 8

If your bird lays eggs, it's a hen. Hatchery birds often have Leghorn or other production blood in their ancestry, giving larger combs. Spurs can be present in both genders, so that's not an issue. Your bird isn't transgender, just a hen. 

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Okay thanks everyone! I'm sorry I have been trying to attach a picture but it isn't working.

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yeah no pic, but if it has a large comb and wattle and spurs then it is proberbly a male,

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lays  eggs = hen

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