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Transgender Hen?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickensrok, Jun 28, 2016.

  1. chickensrok

    chickensrok Out Of The Brooder

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    O my goodness I was just out looking at my chickens inside their run and I see one of them get on top of one of my hens. I have all hens. I knew that some hens could grow spurs and crow but I did not know that they can fertilize hens. Can hens change their gender?
     
  2. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    can you post some pictures of this so-called hen?
    have you seen her lay?
     
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2016
  3. chickensrok

    chickensrok Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes I have seen her lay eggs before she will be two years old this spring. [​IMG]
     
  4. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    it looks like a roo, it is however for chickens to be both a hen and a roo
     
  5. cmarlowdrive

    cmarlowdrive Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a hen that does that. I have read that when there is no rooster, a hen will take on the roll of a rooster in the flock.
     
  6. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    i mean like actually a hen and a roo, like they have the anatomy of both a hen and a roo
     
  7. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Mounting isn't always about mating, it is also about dominance.


    If a hen develops a reproductive disorder, she could potentially develop some male characteristics. However it is far from common. Even if it did occur, the bird is still genetically a female. Fertilization cannot happen.
     

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