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Ok first of all I'm not crazy. I had to see this several times to be sure I wasn't crazy but its really happening. I have a Rhode Island Red hen (Gertrude) thats around 1½ years old. Recently I have saw her mounting the other hens like a rooster does and going through all the motions of a rooster. I do have a rooster and he does his thing regularly to all the hens including Gertrude. I guess shes not hurting anything but kinda seems strange to me. Has anyone had this occurrence with any of their chickens or have any idea whats going on with Gertrude ?

2 barred rock hens, 1 golden comet hen, 1 rhode island red hen, 1 cuckoo maran hen, 1 barnyard mix hen,1 buff orpington  hen, 2 black australorp hens a rhode island red rooster, 5 rhode island red heritage breed pullets and 2 rhode island red heritage breed roosters.
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2 barred rock hens, 1 golden comet hen, 1 rhode island red hen, 1 cuckoo maran hen, 1 barnyard mix hen,1 buff orpington  hen, 2 black australorp hens a rhode island red rooster, 5 rhode island red heritage breed pullets and 2 rhode island red heritage breed roosters.
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post #2 of 7
Wow she thinks she is a male!
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My guess is Gertrude is dominating the others, though it is possible that Gertrude is a hermaphrodite or that her ovary has failed, does she lay eggs and is she top hen.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Yes Gertrude does lay eggs and shes not the top hen. I have a big barred rock that no one messes with other than the rooster.

2 barred rock hens, 1 golden comet hen, 1 rhode island red hen, 1 cuckoo maran hen, 1 barnyard mix hen,1 buff orpington  hen, 2 black australorp hens a rhode island red rooster, 5 rhode island red heritage breed pullets and 2 rhode island red heritage breed roosters.
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2 barred rock hens, 1 golden comet hen, 1 rhode island red hen, 1 cuckoo maran hen, 1 barnyard mix hen,1 buff orpington  hen, 2 black australorp hens a rhode island red rooster, 5 rhode island red heritage breed pullets and 2 rhode island red heritage breed roosters.
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post #5 of 7
Did you get her from Bruce Jenner?
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Did you get her from Bruce Jenner?

:lau

2 barred rock hens, 1 golden comet hen, 1 rhode island red hen, 1 cuckoo maran hen, 1 barnyard mix hen,1 buff orpington  hen, 2 black australorp hens a rhode island red rooster, 5 rhode island red heritage breed pullets and 2 rhode island red heritage breed roosters.
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2 barred rock hens, 1 golden comet hen, 1 rhode island red hen, 1 cuckoo maran hen, 1 barnyard mix hen,1 buff orpington  hen, 2 black australorp hens a rhode island red rooster, 5 rhode island red heritage breed pullets and 2 rhode island red heritage breed roosters.
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Did you get her from Bruce Jenner?
Sorry. I couldn't resist.
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