Can Genders Change ?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by jadedaisy, Dec 28, 2015.

  1. jadedaisy

    jadedaisy Out Of The Brooder

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    In June myself and my family had our first chick hatch; as you cannot tell the gender of the chick when first hatched we waited until we could see characteristics that would enable us to tell; after careful research and comparing genders it was clear that our chick was a hen however last week our hen being now 6 months old started crowing ?
    Is it possible for a chickens gender to change ??
     
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Yes. This is called spontaneous sex reversal. This can range from simply a crowing hen to the bird actually growing male plumage, ceasing production, and adapting to male behavior. It's often the result of a hormone imbalance in the bird. Hens have only one ovary; the other sex organ is in a dormant, neutral state. Sometimes, if the hen's ovary is damaged, the other will begin to develop and oftentimes produces a male hormone rather than a female one.
     
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    At 6 months old, it's likely your 'hen' was actually a cockerel.
     
  4. jadedaisy

    jadedaisy Out Of The Brooder

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    if this is the case here , does that mean that my bird is unable to fertilise hens ? Or will he not be able to reproduce ?
     
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Spontaneous gender reversal usually happens in older, mature hens that have had some sort of trauma to their functioning ovary or a tumor. It isn't something that happens with young immature birds. It's likely the bird was always male, you just missed some of the early signs or he was slow to develop.
     
  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    I would have to agree with the others that your bird was a rooster all along, some are late to mature and a lot don't start crowing until 6-7 months. Gender switching is rare and not really true gender switching, just messed up hormones.
     
  7. Dorthia

    Dorthia Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine looked and acted like a hen for the first 8 months and then crowed. It was is and always will be a rooster. Yes, you will have fertile eggs.
     
  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    X2 on junebuggena's posts.
     
  9. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Ah you know what, I somehow glossed over the part where it was six months old. That's what I get for choosing TV over sleep last night... x3 on junebuggena and everyone else, you've probably got a late blooming cockerel.
     
  10. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I agree your bird was likely a cockerel all along. Late bloomers happen and confuse the heck out of folks. Do you have pics of your bird?
     

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