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He is a she is a he?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by carolinasculpture, Feb 11, 2015.

  1. carolinasculpture

    carolinasculpture Songster 8 Years

    Mar 21, 2010
    Hi! I am looking for information on my Jersey Giant. It is a hatchery bird bought at a local feed store as a male about 10 months ago. No crowing, dancing or anything. But I have read that they mature slowly. Anyway, had just decided he really is a she ( had pics up somewhere and the consensus there was "she" as well). Today saw "her" mounting another hen. Really doing the tail maneuvers and all like a roo. Since there is no "other " rooster at this point, do you think it is dominance or is there a possibility that my 10 month old "roo" hasn't started crowing yet or developed his fancy tail feathers?
    Any thoughts appreciated! Thank you!
  2. Eggmachine11

    Eggmachine11 Chirping

    Feb 8, 2015
    I need pictures...
  3. krista74

    krista74 Songster

    Jun 4, 2014
    Victoria, Australia.
    I flicked over to your page and saw the three pictures in your album, and I agree - she really does look like a hen.

    I presume you've not found any eggs from her either? Does she fluff around in the nest box at all?

    I don't really know the breed well myself, but it could be that you have a late bloomer - either a hen that hasn't laid yet or a rooster that hasn't crowed!

    I have heard of some hens assuming the dominant position in the flock and trying to mate other hens too.

    I really have no answers, but I'm very interested!

    A question: Does she look the same now as she did in the pictures? Has she grown in any saddle or sickle feathers that might indicate roo?

    - Krista
  4. Nupe

    Nupe Songster

    Jun 13, 2014
    Sounds like she possibly has a reproductive disorder or just a hormone imbalance which directly affects behavior. If her estrogen is too low, she will behave like a he. If this is the case, she can exhibit male behaviors including mounting and crowing.
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member 5 Years

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Do you free range?
    Might she be laying out on her range somewhere?

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