Peahen's feathers change to male feathers.

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by chickenbuddy, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. chickenbuddy

    chickenbuddy Songster

    Jun 4, 2008
    I had a peahen (now dead) who, after many normal years, start growing male feathers. Eventually she looked quite like a male with not very vivid colors. She lived with a peakock and never laid any eggs, and I never saw the two mate. I was wondering what may have been the case. Please share with me your ideas and experiences with happenings like this one.
  2. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    My guess would be you had a hormonally challenged bird. It happens with chickens, I imagine it can happen with other types of birds. I think many people call them roosterhens in the chicken world. Maybe you just had a roosterhen peafowl? It sounds very similar to what happens to some hens. Sometimes a chicken hen will get the plumage and wattles of a rooster and sometimes they will and sometime they won't lay eggs.

    That's my guess anyway. Hormonally imbalanced.

  3. chickenbuddy

    chickenbuddy Songster

    Jun 4, 2008
    So you're saying she could of had some mixed up hormones. I had that thought also.


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