Hen now a Rooster

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Run-A-Muck Ranch, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. Run-A-Muck Ranch

    Run-A-Muck Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Last edited: Sep 8, 2008
  2. wyliefarms

    wyliefarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2008
    Fowlerville,MI
    We have had some that we thought were hens but turned out to be roosters. Late bloomers? Not the dominate boy so blended in with the ladies?
     
  3. Blisschick

    Blisschick not rusty

    Feb 20, 2007
    Shepherd, Texas
    I read about this not too long ago, but can't remember where. [​IMG] The bird is probably a hen, but she has some kind of hormonal issue, based on the lack of spurs. I have a BLR hen that has a larger comb and wattles than the other girls. She almost looks roosterish, but has never crowed or grown spurs. I'll try to get a photo of her up later.
     
  4. krjwaj

    krjwaj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We just took a roo back to the farm today...little sad. He has been crowing for weeks and was definitley the top bird of our five. But in the back of my head, I kept thinking, maybe she's just acting like a rooster. [​IMG]
     
  5. TheKidAndDame

    TheKidAndDame Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a coworker that had this happen. One of his 1 year old hens was attacked by an unknown animal which tore into her left side. In the process her left ovary was damaged. Apparently the left ovary is dominant in chickens (human utilize both as an egg is releaseed from one or the other every month). If the left is damaged, the right takes over ends up releasing greater amounts of testosterone than were present in the bird initially. Thus the bird exhibits the sex characteristics of a male without actually becoming male. Now, the behavior exhibited by some hens when there are no roos is not related directly to this phenomenon.
     
  6. JanieMarie

    JanieMarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My first chickens many years ago lived a long time as long as they ate bugs out of my gardens I figured I'd let them die of old age. I never had a rooster with these hens cuz I just wanted eggs. About 5-6 years into their lives 3 of the hens grew spurs! Noone ever crowed though!
     
  7. Blisschick

    Blisschick not rusty

    Feb 20, 2007
    Shepherd, Texas
    Here's a pic of my girl:

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    I've had her since I hatched her out 3 years ago, and never once has she shown any male behavior. I kind of like her bigger comb and wattles.

    It's not unusual for older girls to grow tiny spurs. I have a couple of EE girls that have them. When I mentioned about them not being on the bird in the article, I was talking about having big male spurs.
     
  8. TheKidAndDame

    TheKidAndDame Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My SLW hens actually have comparable combs and wattles to your girl and they all act very much like hens.
     
  9. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    Virginia
    Martin Gurdon is an author who wrote funny stories about his chickens in Hen and the Art of Chicken Maintenance. He had a motley collection of chickens and he wrote about one of his hens that was a hermaphrodite - I wonder if it was this syndrome. I enjoyed the book, some of his stories had me rolling on the floor. [​IMG]
     
  10. Blisschick

    Blisschick not rusty

    Feb 20, 2007
    Shepherd, Texas
    Quote:She's the only one like this. All the others have small combs and wattles compared to hers.
     

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