Changing SEX?!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Punk-Rock_Chicken, May 8, 2009.

  1. Punk-Rock_Chicken

    Punk-Rock_Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just wondering if anyone has ever heard of a hen changing into a rooster? My father had 20 White Leghorn hens about 8 years ago, after he had them for about 3 years he started hearing a crazy sounding crowing. :eek:And noticed one of the "hens" began growing a bigger comb and spurs! He actually accused me of putting a rooster in his coop. A Farm Vet friend of his said that he had heard of it before but never had seen it until then. I was just wondering if anyone else has had or heard of this happening. He has pictures of Him/Her, and is trying to dig them up for me.
     
  2. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    Yes, it's happened two times before in my flock.

    It always seems to happen, at least in mine, when I have no rooster in the pen.
     
  3. noitulover

    noitulover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i haven't heard of them actually growing spurs and all of that, but i have definitely heard of a more dominant hen in a flock without a roo, becoming a crower and ceasing to lay eggs. i've heard the hen kind of becomes a replacement roo and defends the flock and such.
     
  4. RhodeRunner

    RhodeRunner Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    OMG I never knew this. See, this is why I love this place. You learn something new everyday. [​IMG]
     
  6. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Mine would also mount the girls.

    No fertile eggs, though! lol
     
  7. Dustin Biery

    Dustin Biery Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The mounting, crowing, and spur growth are all secondary sex characteristics that Feathersite mentioned.
     
  8. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

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    well you learn something new everyday [​IMG]
     
  9. EricShane

    EricShane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yep its completely normal.. when you have only hens, one will act as a roo
     
  10. Fancie

    Fancie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    interesting
     

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