Not sure if this is the right section to post this. I think one of my hens is turning into a rooster! I posted a while back about my oldest hen (over 8 years old Japanese Bantam).. She has been acting funny for a few weeks, and I wondered if she was going senile. She keeps separating herself from the flock and wandering off.. far away.. alone. A few weeks ago she seemed to go broody.. but stopped after 2 days. Since then her behaviour has got more strange. I noticed today she had walked way over to the far side of our property.. a place none of my other chickens has ever ventured to.. (they usually stay in sight of their coop). As I went out to get her I stopped and watched her as I noticed something for the first time. Her comb was always floppy and hung to one side.... today it was BRIGHT red.. like a roosters comb.. and sticking up straight!!!! As she walked she kept stopping.. standing up straight and clapping / flapping her wings like the rooster do when they are crowing. But she is not making a sound. She has her head held high and proud in the air too.. as she struts about.. she is not digging and looking for food. I was struck how much her appearance has changed. She seemed to be getting older and slower and had dull feathers... but now her feathers have improved a lot.. her comb has changed and she has put on weight.. and muscle. I am sure its the same chicken!!! She still has her old stiff toes and legs. I hope this is not a sign of something going wrong inside her. I am very attacked to her as she is the only one of my original chickens left.. and she survived a horrific dog attack and several nasty diseases over the years. I am going to be keeping an 'ear open' in case she starts to make crowing noises.