The cock that lays eggs... intersex chicken?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by southernbound13, Jan 23, 2019.

  1. southernbound13

    southernbound13 Chirping

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    Ok so this is going to sound nuts and if I'm incredibly stupid please forgive me. So last summer our hen went broody and sat on 4 eggs, two of her own and two of our RIR. To our disappointment every single one appeared to be a cock. They all developed red, large combs early and before long they all had pointy saddle feathers and waddles and very typical cock features all the way around. We lost two to the neighbors dog last month, leaving us with one from the orpington that raised them and one of the RIR crosses. The RIR cross always seemed a little unusual, he didnt seem to truly crow, his long tail feathers hadnt come in and his spurs weren't coming in as fast as his brothers. Then last night the thing sat on the nest and this morning we had 5 eggs out of what we thought were only 4 hens. WHAT THE HECK. Now upon looking closer we noticed it does have a rather hen like tail but literally every other thing about this bird is rooster. What is up with this?!? (Pictured with brother) 20190123_165950.jpg
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  2. 1goose2ducks

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    Sometimes my hens lay two eggs one day and none the next day so that could be it and that chicken definitely is a rooster. Hope this helped
     
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender

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    Roosters will go in the nestboxes to hide, sleep or goof around. I would be inclined to believe you missed an egg from the day before rather than that bird laid an egg, but you never know with chickens. I do believe that's a rooster.
     
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  4. 1goose2ducks

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    Yes my rooster loves sitting on the eggs. 36F0AD76-1DA9-4202-9300-04612FFAAC03.jpeg
     
  5. southernbound13

    southernbound13 Chirping

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    I would think so too but #1 they all lay in the same place so we definitely didnt miss one. #2 of the 4 hens 3 lay blue green or white eggs, we only have one brown egger and she was laying again this afternoon when i fed so she would have had to have laid last night, this morning and then again this afternoon. 3 eggs in 24 hours? That's almost as unbelievable.
     
  6. mimipeaches

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    We had a family friend that came into the same situation their Blue Andalusian what they thought would be a rooster layed and egg and now not sure if it's a hen or not. I have tried researching it but nothing comes up I am also confused! I blame global warming! :p
     
  7. AMERAUCANAS4REAL

    AMERAUCANAS4REAL Crossing the Road

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    I'm afraid it is just hens sometimes lay more than one egg per day. Sometimes hens switch sexes, but not the other way around.
    I've had a chicken lay more than one egg per day before, my only Olive Egger laid two green eggs.
     
  8. southernbound13

    southernbound13 Chirping

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    Theres a few articles on research and its estimated to be about 1 in 10,000 which let's be real is 3 every large hatchery hatch so not terribly rare but the jury still seems to be out on if they can lay eggs.... I think they call them gynadromorphs
     
  9. AMERAUCANAS4REAL

    AMERAUCANAS4REAL Crossing the Road

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    Gyandromorphs show female and male traits. In this case, he would likely also have different colors distributed on his body. Just a very feminine rooster.
     
  10. MissChick@dee

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    No transgender chickens.
    Chickens can only lay one egg every 26 hours.
     

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