Sex change?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Proudtobegeek, Dec 18, 2014.

  1. Proudtobegeek

    Proudtobegeek New Egg

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    Gday everyone, I'm new here so.... Hi!
    I'm hoping someone can shed some light on this little issue for me.

    We sadly lost one of our chickens recently ( we have australorps). We now only have one hen but she is starting to make different sounds in the morning. She would be about 4 years old, still laying but we find her at the back door each morning almost crowing. It's not as developed as a rooster but definitely loud enough to wake us all up.

    So... I've heard chickens can change sex but from what I read it's normally when there's a flock and one takes the dominant position. Is she maybe lonely?? Do chickens get lonely?

    If she is getting her 'rooster on' :) we will have to get rid of her and I don't want to. Can you help??
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Chickens are flock animals, and she may very well be lonely. There are crowing hens - it happens upon occasion. Also on rare occasions a hen will metamorphose into a rooster complete with secondary sex characteristics and crowing. When this happens there is generally some sort of an ovarian problem/cancer. If she were mine I would try getting her a companion or better yet 2 companions. That way if something happens to one, two remain for companionship.
     
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  3. bucky52

    bucky52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with sourland.they are flock animals.she needs some companions.Poor thing.she is more and likely feeling lost.
     
  4. matt44644

    matt44644 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. Howlet

    Howlet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i had a Cochin Bantam who was pretty low on the pecking list but crowed in my roosters face... lol.
     
  6. Proudtobegeek

    Proudtobegeek New Egg

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    Thanks all for your help. We will try and get a couple more and see if it helps. Should I get adults or pullets?
     
  7. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

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    A pullet is a chicken who is in her first year of life. Do you mean chicks or full sized birds? If you get chicks, she'll beat them up, and maybe kill them. I'd recommend that you get her a couple of girls her size for buddies.
     

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