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Roosterly-Hen? PLEASE HELP! :-/

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Fuzzypea, May 23, 2010.

  1. Fuzzypea

    Fuzzypea In the Brooder

    Jul 5, 2009
    Gig Harbor, WA
    Hello Everybody! [​IMG]

    I have a cochin named Ralphie. Ralph started to "crow" when he/she was full grown, and the crowing started out sounding like a series of connected "BAGAWKS."
    He/she started to get better at it, but it took almost a full year to sound like a real roo. And it wasn't until after Ralphie started crowing that he/she started to show other
    rooster-like behavior... like trying to mate with my other hens. Ralph does this very rarely, and never succeeds in anything but grabbing them by the neck then letting them go.
    Ralphie also tries to "challenge" me sometimes, by walking toward me sideways while looking at the ground (like my other roo's have done), but he/she only goes a couple
    steps then usually trips, falls over, or gets scared and stops.

    Its things like this that make me think that Ralph might be a hen. I've heard that hens sometimes have hormonal changes, which can cause them to stop laying and slowly turn
    into a rooster. I also heard that it can be fixed by injecting them with female hormones.

    Does anybody know anything about this? Or what might be wrong with Ralphie?

    I posted some pictures of before Ralph started crowing and after Ralph started crowing. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]



  2. paddock36

    paddock36 Songster

    Dec 24, 2008
    Ocala, Florida
    Ralphie looked immature in the first picture and looks like a normal roo in the second picture. What makes you think Ralphie was ever a hen? Did she/he ever lay an egg? If not then I think you have a normal roo.
  3. Chickndaddy

    Chickndaddy Songster

    Jul 26, 2007
    East Texas
    I agree. Unless that bird layed an egg and I've completely lost my gift of sexing birds the first picture shows an immature cockerel and the second a mature rooster.
  4. SilverPhoenix

    SilverPhoenix Bantam Fanatic

    Dec 15, 2009
    Penn Valley, CA
    Sure looks and sounds like a rooster to me. I'd bet money on it! I'm kind of confused as to why you thought Ralphie was a hen as well--it sounds to me like a normal cockerel/rooster! [​IMG]
  5. PaulaJoAnne

    PaulaJoAnne Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
    All boy in both pictures!
  6. High Roost Ranch

    High Roost Ranch The Chicken Whisperer

    That's a rooster. Waiting for an egg from Ralphie is going to be a veeeeeery long wait. The cows will be home before that ever happens. Better turn off the frying pan now, LOL. Ralphie is Ralph where I come from. [​IMG]
  7. Fuzzypea

    Fuzzypea In the Brooder

    Jul 5, 2009
    Gig Harbor, WA
    I think that Ralphie actually did lay an egg once. I found a long, abnormally shaped egg lying out next to the water container. I was pretty sure that Ralph layed this one, because it was after all of our other hens had started laying. Shortly after it was layed, Ralph started to crow. Then she stopped laying and his/her waddles started to get larger. Ralph got more aggressive when he/she turned a year old. It seemed strange to me... but I do agree that Ralph was immature in the last picture. I saw a better one once, but i just can't find it. [​IMG] I will look for it again.

    I don't know what is wrong with Ralph....... [​IMG] I think we cursed it by naming it Ralph, LOL.
    Last edited: May 25, 2010

  8. hoppy

    hoppy I'm not all fluff

    May 5, 2007
    central maine
    hens that are already laying can lay a weird egg every once in a while so it could have been one of the other hens, not your ralphie.
  9. Fuzzypea

    Fuzzypea In the Brooder

    Jul 5, 2009
    Gig Harbor, WA
    Yeah you might be right [​IMG]
  10. chickenlover54

    chickenlover54 Henely Hatchery

    May 20, 2009
    Northern Illinois
    That boy is a rooster, I will bet my life on it, that is typical rooster behavior especially if you have another rooster(do you?) He may not be top rank so he never succeeds at mating, all roosters are different and he didn't lay an egg [​IMG]

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