Help. What possibly be wrong?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by duluthralphie, Aug 14, 2016.

  1. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member

    As you can tell by my profile I am a professional chicken wrangler. I know everything chicken.. I am now stumped by an occurrence.


    About 2 weeks ago I removed all my hens from my young rooster pen. It was getting time. I figured before long the pullets would get jumped by the roosters. I figured I still had a month or more until POL hit.

    This morning when checking my roosters I found this on the feed bunk.

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    Mt question is this: Has anyone else ever had a rooster lay eggs? How long will the rooster lay eggs? Are they edible? Is it possible for a rooster to self identify as a pullet? What should I do now?


    If you are tempted to say I made a mistake, please don't, as I have not made a mistake since 1973.
     
  2. Newmamabear

    Newmamabear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I vote you thank your rooster profusely and then thank your lucky stars that you're gettin some brekkie materials from such an upstanding fella!
     
  3. Newmamabear

    Newmamabear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As a side note, my rooster does not lay any eggs, but neither do my hens soooo....
     
  4. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    Hi,
    Could you have a chimera in the rooster pen? I know they happen in poultry but don't know about their egg laying ability.
    from this article it seems a male chicken with a female brain ( one type of chimera) will look like a cock but will also lay eggs.
    http://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms2372 ( egg laying is discussed under the subtitle "reproductive characteristics".
    FF=female with female brain
    FM=female with male brain
    MF=male with female brain ( what you may have, interesting, they can also fertilize hens))
    MM= male with male brain.
    Best,
    Karen
    Might be a good idea to trap nest your roosters and cull a chimera if you find him.
    Or he may be fertilizing your hen and I don't know if this is genetic.
    I have found researchers to be wanting to discuss their work. Maybe see if there is email addy
    for the authors of this article. I think they might be real interested to see if you might have a
    chimera here. Might even be able you help you ID one in the group w/o trap nesting, if a he/she is there.
     
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2016

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