Chickens become roosters

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by holden, Mar 3, 2010.

  1. holden

    holden New Egg

    Nov 20, 2009
    Is it true that if you don't have a rooster with hens do one of the hens turn into a rooster or is this a myth my husband thinks that they do?[​IMG]
  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

    Jul 16, 2009
    best coast
    Usually they don't. [​IMG]
  3. jeaucamom

    jeaucamom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2007
    Ophir, CA
    There is no way for a pullet (young female) or a hen (older female) to turn into a rooster. Many times a dominant hen will "crow" if there is now rooster around. We have had two hens that have done that before we got roosters. But they are very much still hens, and they still lay. Hope that clears it up.

    And welcome [​IMG] from CA
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Smack yer husband upside the head! [​IMG]

    Of course they don't. Someone in the flock just might take over the "head hen" role, though. Occasionally a hen will crow. But she remains female and lays eggs.

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