I've found myself in a bit of a confusing dilemma. My four-year-old hen, Gilly, has recently (approx. 2 weeks ago) begun to act like a tom! She fluffs up, struts about and has even started to gobble! Her carbuncle is getting bigger and redder, plus there's now some bluish tinges on her cheeks. She's been a happy, healthy hen all her life, and I can't imagine why this has started. I already have a tom with them; a one-year-old Royal Palm. Previously, there were three toms. Two sons and a father. The father and one of the sons died, leaving one tom for three hens. Could this have anything to do with her 'adoption' of the two (now reduced to one) poult(s) that I hatched/raised myself? They were born in May, and I raised them myself until they got large enough to move into a small hutch inside the turkey coop. Gilly 'adopted' them and has formed a close relationship with them. Could her masculine behavior have anything to do with this? I don't know if it's age-related, either. Her same-age companion, Jenny, is acting normally. Is it common for hens to suddenly decide to act like toms? Is this reversible? Will she eventually start acting like a hen again, or is this likely permanent? Any insight would be really appreciated.