My rooster just laid an egg!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by cicene mete, Dec 24, 2008.

  1. cicene mete

    cicene mete Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my 24-week-old, whom I thought was a cockerel, seems to have become a pullet. I've heard of hens becoming roosters, but this is a new one for me!

    Back in October, I posted my suspicion that Dolly was a boy

    The consensus was that he was. He had the following characteristics compared to his RIR sister:he feathered far later, especially in the wing bows; his tail was stumpy and curved down, but hers was straight and went up. He walked much more upright and was more assertive. He had an absolute fit when I tried to pick him up, but she was calm.
    Soon, he began getting long black feathers from his tail, and he even began to try to mount the girls. His neck feathers were darker and shiny. He grew bigger and weighed significantly more.

    Then, one day when I went into the pen, his long tail feathers were gone. I thought maybe the others plucked them, but I couldn't tell. He stopped mounting the girls, and he became very placid when I tried to pick him up. It was like night and day, as before he would completely freak out.

    He (Out of force of habit, I'm still using the male pronoun) still is bigger, and his neck feathers are shinier. He also completely avoids the hen pecking order. When I reintroduced a pullet who had been sick, the others chased her from the food and were generally mean for several days, but Dolly was completely fine and willing to share.

    Today, Dolly laid an egg. [​IMG] I think I have an intersexed chicken. Dolly still has a number of male characteristics, but has lost a number of others. Has anyone ever heard of this happening before?!
     
  2. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    [​IMG] Merry Christmas, and have another egg-nog! [​IMG]
     
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I have a hen that likes to mount other hens. Go figure.
     
  4. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

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    Quote:It's a dominance thing. It sounds like Dolly's at the top of the pecking order, which could explain her willingness to share with the reintroduced pullet -- she had the confidence of being the boss.
     
  5. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

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    Do you have a flock rooster (other than Dolly, when you thought s/he was a roo)?
     
  6. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, this is something new to me! But, do tell me what you feed, I have several roos I wish were pullets. [​IMG]
     
  7. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

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    Orrrrrrr...IT'S A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!
    Congrats on the new egglayer!

    And Merry Christmas!
     
  8. cicene mete

    cicene mete Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:No, no rooster. That's a good point, as I know some hens take on that role if there's no roo. It's the physical change (and remaining differences) that's so odd. Everyone who came over thought Dolly was a roo. They would spot her immediately.
     

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