I have just come across my 2nd (and possibly 3rd) Hermaphrodite chicken. I';m beginning to worry about what's in the water Last summer I hatched 2 adorable Bantam Salmon Fav hens from a reputable Faverolle breeder. At about the age of 2 months, one of the hens began to 'color up' until finally she had developed all of the outter male characteristics including hackles and saddle feathers. At the age of 9 months, she died without every having laid an egg. Her sister also died a short time later also without having laid. They did come into POL just as winter came on hard here in SW VA so I attributed the sisters lack of laying to that. Now, I have 2 Bantam BLRW birds who I was completely convinced were hens until about a month ago ( age 4 months), they began to develop saddle feathers. One of them also developed a small comb and wattles. The other has no comb or wattles. There are also 2 distinct roos that hatched at the same time (same breeder) who have full roo characteristics and 2 hens who are also 'normal'. The 2 that show signs of gender confusion dont seem to have good body form or good feather color. I will be culling them shortly for those reasons but am intrigued by the fact that we have ended up with 3 birds in a 12 month period who show no typical signs of gender. Would love to hear from anyone else who has run into this or has some information. Thank you!