Rouen Hen turning into a Drake?

Kackley33

Chirping
10 Years
May 27, 2009
7
2
62
I have six ducks, 5 are Rouen and 1 is a Cayuga. I have one drake (a Rouen), the rest are hens. They are all between 6 and 8 years old. One of the Rouen hens has started to look increasingly like a drake. Her head is turning green. She now has a distinct white collar/stripe around her neck. She has the start of a curly tail feather and more of her other feathers are turning into the distinctive grey feathering that Rouen drakes have. It is the weirdest thing. She's 8 and hatched out four ducklings 6 years ago. I read somewhere that ducks can indeed change sex though it is very rare. At the very least, she is definitely changing her feathering to look more like a drake. Just curious is anyone else has seen this?
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TheTwoRoos

Crowing
Sep 25, 2015
4,363
2,010
316
Had no idea ducks could o this as well.Chickens do it,but it’s much more common to what about them a duck.
 

Julie Birb

Ducks win
5 Years
Mar 22, 2014
9,796
5,774
580
Italy
I have six ducks, 5 are Rouen and 1 is a Cayuga. I have one drake (a Rouen), the rest are hens. They are all between 6 and 8 years old. One of the Rouen hens has started to look increasingly like a drake. Her head is turning green. She now has a distinct white collar/stripe around her neck. She has the start of a curly tail feather and more of her other feathers are turning into the distinctive grey feathering that Rouen drakes have. It is the weirdest thing. She's 8 and hatched out four ducklings 6 years ago. I read somewhere that ducks can indeed change sex though it is very rare. At the very least, she is definitely changing her feathering to look more like a drake. Just curious is anyone else has seen this? View attachment 1309199
She's very cute and round.
 

snick4zoo

Chirping
Apr 26, 2015
9
2
57
Southeastern WI
I am not sure. All my flock have really slowed down laying since the weather turned up here in WI. She has always been the one who thought she needed to protect her sisters. She is not trying to mate with any of my chickens or changed her behaviors towards me or her sisters.
 

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