Hen Turning into Roo?!??!

Turning into a roo??

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rosemarysugar

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Mar 1, 2018
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I have a 1.5 year old RIR chicken who as a chick we thought was a roo ,but at about 23 weeks old he/she started laying. So we where like HE is actually SHE and that was that. When he/she was 14months old he/she stopped laying and only lays a fairy egg about once a month. Then I found out about gender changing chickens. At this time I noticed how he/she doesn't look like a hen and before he/she started molting had green/blue kind of long tail feathers, fiery orange hackle feathers, and a bigger comb than my rir hen. I went outside and looked at she/he and the spurs have slightly grown since she/he has last layed.
Could he turned into a hen (and that's why production was so bad) then now is turning back into a roo?
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Kessel23

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Feb 6, 2018
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I have a similar problem with a leghorn hen. Chickens can not switch genders but hormones can make it look like they have switched. I think that hens start to produce male hormones on occasion when they reach old age. I also think that some hens, mainly production breeds, have messed up hormones to begin with. Including your hen and mine I have seen 3 birds like this, the other bird was a RSL that another member had. My girl had lots of growth issues early in life and ended up developing spurs and an overgrown comb. Here is a picture of her from last April, I will take an update photo when I get home.
Her comb has more than doubled in size since this was taken, her spurs have gotten larger too.
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The comb is not sturdy and strong like a rooster's comb, it is just an oversized hen comb. The spurs are also not rooster like, they are thin and poorly built with no sharp tip, they seem to be growing without a purpose and I do not think they are controlled by male hormones like a rooster's spurs.
 

rosemarysugar

Songster
Mar 1, 2018
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Meeker, Colorado
I have a similar problem with a leghorn hen. Chickens can not switch genders but hormones can make it look like they have switched. I think that hens start to produce male hormones on occasion when they reach old age. I also think that some hens, mainly production breeds, have messed up hormones to begin with. Including your hen and mine I have seen 3 birds like this, the other bird was a RSL that another member had. My girl had lots of growth issues early in life and ended up developing spurs and an overgrown comb. Here is a picture of her from last April, I will take an update photo when I get home.
Her comb has more than doubled in size since this was taken, her spurs have gotten larger too.
30712775_954249488084502_6894695486846926848_n.jpg

The comb is not sturdy and strong like a rooster's comb, it is just an oversized hen comb. The spurs are also not rooster like, they are thin and poorly built with no sharp tip, they seem to be growing without a purpose and I do not think they are controlled by male hormones like a rooster's spurs.
Thankyou!
 

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