So if roosters can be hen-feathered...

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Mary Of Exeter, Nov 14, 2009.

  1. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can hens be rooster-feathered? [​IMG] I have a young mixed chicken here, who has a straight, fanned tail going on, but is starting to get some very suspicious saddle feathers. I had excepted this little 'guy' was a male but I swear, he acts and sounds just like a hen. Maybe he's just confused! Has anyone else had gender-confused chickens before? [​IMG]
     
  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    yes; at least sort of. If they lack female hormones due to ovary damage, they will grow male feathers.
     
  3. loverOFchickens

    loverOFchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also a hen can change if they don't have a roo in the flock.

    Some people in the middle ages got spooked out at it and burned them at the stake.That was only if they where crowing AND laying eggs though.
     
  4. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Interesting...I had no idea!
     
  5. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

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    Quote:They can't physically change sex. Maybe behavior, but changing breed in the chicken world is impossible. You were misinformed.
     
  6. call ducks

    call ducks silver appleyard addict

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    Quote:They can't physically change sex. Maybe behavior, but changing breed in the chicken world is impossible. You were misinformed.

    no if there is no roo in the pen some times, and very rarely will , a hen will grow sprus , sto laying egg's and start to crow. This is may be cused by as Sonoran Silkies said may be cused by ovary damage
     
  7. DTchickens

    DTchickens Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:They can't physically change sex. Maybe behavior, but changing breed in the chicken world is impossible. You were misinformed.

    no if there is no roo in the pen some times, and very rarely will , a hen will grow sprus , sto laying egg's and start to crow. This is may be cused by as Sonoran Silkies said may be cused by ovary damage

    Even if there is a rooster in a pen, i had a hen that crowed, grew spurs, would fight other hens etc (she was a game) and still laid eggs while in a pen with a rooster. I use high testosterone levels as a excuse but not sure.
     
  8. call ducks

    call ducks silver appleyard addict

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    and yes they can still lay eggs , just depends on the hen i guess depends on the hen [​IMG]
     

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