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I am new to raising chickens...I had 4 Buff Orpington chick's in the beginning, one died after a few days.  It started breathing kinda funny.  Then, I got to experience Merrick's in a poulet.  That was pretty horrific.   Now, I have 2 hens left.  They seem to be healthy and one lays daily, the other every other day.   However, I started noticing that Lolly has a comb like a rooster and long waddles like a rooster.  She also has a narrower body (lays every other day).  I did some research and found out that she may be a gynomorph.

 

Anyone out there have anything to add about this possible condition?   Big girl has a small comb and smaller waddles.  Lolly has more pronounced ears as well.   My neighbor stated that she has the same thing happening with her 2 hens.  

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Even though this thread is four years old, I hope there are still some people looking at it.

 

We have a flock of both regular size birds and also bantams - mostly for the eggs but we have raised a few food chickens, too.

Our egg customers asked about "chocolate eggs" so we purchased two Marans chicks that were supposed to be layers.  They are now ten weeks old and one of them has developed a comb and wattles but still has all of the other physical characteristics of a hen.  I first suspected something was amiss when "she" started making a noise that sounded like she was trying to crow.  Initially, that sounded more like a goose honking but it has now become more recognizable as a crow.  She does not have spurs but has started trying to mount the other young hens in our juvenile development enclosure.

 

I am concerned that she may not survive in our run and coop structure because we have two rather large and aggressive roosters.  Any suggestions?  I am not looking to build another enclosure so my options are to place her with the rest and hope for the best or sacrifice her now.

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Originally Posted by floridahenhouse View Post

  They are now ten weeks old and one of them has developed a comb and wattles but still has all of the other physical characteristics of a hen.  I first suspected something was amiss when "she" started making a noise that sounded like she was trying to crow.  Initially, that sounded more like a goose honking but it has now become more recognizable as a crow.  She does not have spurs but has started trying to mount the other young hens in our juvenile development enclosure.

 

I am concerned that she may not survive in our run and coop structure because we have two rather large and aggressive roosters.  Any suggestions?  I am not looking to build another enclosure so my options are to place her with the rest and hope for the best or sacrifice her now.

"She" is undoubtedly a he. Any bird with a prominent red comb, along with crowing and mating attempts, at just 10 weeks of age IS a cockerel. At that age saddle feathers may just be starting to become visible, and spurs don't really start to grow until one year of age. If you do npot need another male you can try to rehome him, or just send him to the freezer.

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