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There isn't usually a hen that tries to be a rooster in the absence of a rooster is there?
Sometimes... Never really does the "duties of a rooster", but might crow sometimes..
About the only thing they can't do that a male can do is to inseminate a hen...they will dominance mount them tho.
They will alarm, tidbit for food, break up fights, keep everyone where they should be, find good nest spots, etc.....and yes, sometimes crow.
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When I don't fit in and I don’t feel like I belong anywhere
When I don’t measure up to much in this life
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Wow. I knew dominant hens could become more rooster-like, but I didn't realize by how much. I did some research and apparently mature hens have one ovary and one ovoteste that remains dormant. Sometimes the ovoteste develops later in life and you have a chicken with both male and female organs, called a Pollard. Usually infertile and may or may not lay eggs, with some sources claiming that the chicken can actually cause some fertile eggs to show up in the flock.

 

I took a closer look at the hen today and sure enough she is growing spurs--they are about 1/2 inch long already. Her comb and waddles are bigger and redder than before and she has been trying to crow so much I had to put a rooster collar on her. She also went from laying 6-7 eggs per week to about 3. I guess I'll have to wait and see what happens. I sure hope she doesn't stop laying altogether.

 

I guess this explains why she has such pretty neck feathers too...none of the other buffs have such long and shiny neck feathers. I am just blown away by this. A few days ago I didn't know something like this was even remotely possible.


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