Is my hen turning into a rooster???!!! - now with pics!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by esjro, Oct 12, 2008.

  1. chickn

    chickn Away for a bit

    Apr 15, 2008
    New Hampshire
    i am not sure here are some of mine
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  2. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

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    She could just be maturing very early. I wouldn't think she is a rooster unless she shows some other rooster signs like hackle/sickle feathers.
     
  3. mikarod

    mikarod Songster

    Sep 28, 2008
    Oklahoma
    It's a hen.

    Hens WILL change to the point that they can look like roosters (combs, wattles) but the feathering doesn't change. It's because of the lack of a rooster. The testosterone in her body is surging...don't ask me why...because of no rooster. She feels that one of them must be a rooster.

    I had a hen that I got from a neighbor that had never seen a rooster in her life. I put her in with a rooster and I'll have you know she STILL acted like a rooster after it! lol!

    My hen had one of the largest combs and wattle development on a hen I have ever seen (with the exception of Mediterranean breeds).

    The only way it could be a male would be if the male was XXY. Klinefelter's Syndrome.
     
  4. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Deffo a hen...for yours too chickn...
    Being Queen of the Crowing Hen, I can say that for a fact.[​IMG]
     
  5. chickn

    chickn Away for a bit

    Apr 15, 2008
    New Hampshire
    lol dont scare me there spotted, i wasnt in questioning it, now you have me scared. :eek:
     
  6. Carolina Chicken Man

    Carolina Chicken Man Songster

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    I'm pretty sure they are all hens.

    There is variation in comb and wattle sizes.
     
  7. Mrs.Puff

    Mrs.Puff Songster

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    I supposedly have red stars (that's what they told me) and they all have large combs and wattles. I'd be looking at the hackle feathers. If they're pointy you've got a roo, rounded is a hen. It takes a while for spurs to grow in, and even hens sometimes have tiny ones. You're hen cannot "turn into" a rooster, by the way. For comparison, just cause a man might like dressing in ladies clothes, he won't suddenly become a she. Same with your hen. She might just ACT like a roo.

    I thought red stars had white roos? Or is that just "red-sex link" birds?
     
  8. setter4

    setter4 Songster

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    She is a hen. JMHO I went thru the same thing with mine...every week I decided a different one was a roo. Turns out none are![​IMG] She is just developing faster than the rest.
     
  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I agree. She's just an early bloomer.
    ETA: I have one hen that turned red in the comb and grew wattles around 10 weeks old. She's right now in the nest box laying her daily egg.
     
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2008
  10. AngieChick

    AngieChick Poultry Elitist

    I'm pretty sure that's a hen, she's just developing faster than everyone else. You may even get some nice early eggs from her!

    She's a very pretty bird.
     

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