Peahen's feathers change to male feathers.

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

  1. chickenbuddy

    chickenbuddy Chillin' With My Peeps

    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.
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  2. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.

    -Kim
     
  3. chickenbuddy

    chickenbuddy Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    ~Thanks
     

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