Possible hermaphrodite chicken

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickloveschick, Nov 1, 2014.

  1. chickloveschick

    chickloveschick Out Of The Brooder

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    I am new to raising chickens...I had 4 Buff Orpington chick's in the beginning, one died after a few days. It started breathing kinda funny. Then, I got to experience Merrick's in a poulet. That was pretty horrific. Now, I have 2 hens left. They seem to be healthy and one lays daily, the other every other day. However, I started noticing that Lolly has a comb like a rooster and long waddles like a rooster. She also has a narrower body (lays every other day). I did some research and found out that she may be a gynomorph.

    Anyone out there have anything to add about this possible condition? Big girl has a small comb and smaller waddles. Lolly has more pronounced ears as well. My neighbor stated that she has the same thing happening with her 2 hens. [​IMG]
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  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    If you're talking about the condition where one half the bird is female and the other male, this does occur but is very rare. However, it is characterised by the left and right halves of the bird having different characteristics. The variations you see in comb and wattle size within a breed are quite common.

    I have seen some good pics of this online, but for some reason, my searches are coming up empty today.
     

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