Male or female????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Carolrich, Mar 17, 2019.

  1. Carolrich

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    Ok Folks! This is bizarre: my 3 year old ISA Brown hen has always been alpha. I assume she has layed eggs but as I have 10, I never see her actually lay the egg. She has frequently jumped atop her "friends" and acted like she was mating. I read that this can be normal and thought no more about it. 0317191946.jpg Today as I watched the flock she hopped on a hen and because of my line of sight I saw a penis like protrusion come out of the vent and retract after several seconds. I am perplexed. Any thoughts?
     

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  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

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    That's a hen, there is no "penis" in the vent of male chickens.
     
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  3. Carolrich

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    Ok. As a former RN and science teacher, I understand. So, what did I see? I am absolutely certain I saw a cylindrical 1 to 1 1/2 inch protrusion come out and then retract.
     
  4. Carolrich

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    I looked up the anatomy of the area in question and see that rooster have a bump or patila on the back wall of the vent. This is the sperm delivery organ. So I am flummoxed at what I saw. I may check her vent when she goes to roost tonight.
     
  5. adstowe

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    Not sure what you saw, but that's a hen and as ol grey mare said, roosters don't have a penis.
     
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  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    :gig Could very well be!
     
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    Definantly a hen. Some of my sexlinks which are also alpha birds will jump atop other females it's just a way of asstablishin dominance
     
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