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I read this a few months back that this happens like if there are only hens and a rooster is needed for... well...populating. I can't recall where I found that info. Do you have any knowledge on this?
I have checked several sites Jackie, science sites and non-science sites and so far only one I have come across said no. This one had a Dr. and seems to describe it best (below her photo): http://www.urbanchickenpodcast.com/ucp-episode-018/
I hope this helps.
I also saw the site which Dr. Mark mentioned. I first read about someone in the UK who this happened to.
That is really interesting Kevin; thank you!
These are all very interesting answers and I have learned a lot from your post here, Jackie. I hope you continue to get more information.
Thanks Faith, I am hoping mine is not turning...but I don't get that 5th egg always. Lucky if it is every other day anymore. Hens are fussy though and don't like to be upset and Sally and Sophie have fun with them every now and then. They don't seem to be upset over it but maybe....lol
Oh ... they may be a tad bit upset with Sally and Sophie messing with them, possibly. LOL
Sally was in with them today and trying to attack them but they were busy following me around and paid her no mind so I am inclined to believe they see them as not big threat. lol Sophie plays with them but I think Sally means business sometimes and she will eat just anything! haha
Thank you Jackie, I am glad that you found it interesting.
Its Incorrect. Sex is determined genetically in chickens and cannot change. Sex change can occur in certain other species, mainly fish.
I have heard of this too but the "rooster" is actually just a hen that is acting the part. She is not able to produce any chicks, despite having a sex organ producing the secondary sex characteristics (like wattles).
http://www.livescience.com/13514-sex-ch … kerel.html
The link is one case but I think it is very rare. I keep hens without a rooster and this has never happened in my flock.
I only have hens but one is getting the rooster look is why I wondered! Yet I thought I read it was for survival of the brood or whatever. Will check your link though; thanks so much. I knew I didn't dream it!
That was funny! Thanks!
I have a flock of free range hens. I never keep a rooster since I prefer to buy my chicks instead of letting my hens brood. (I do not have an incubator here because of the erratic electricity.) Despite that, I have never seen it.
You should take pictures of your hen as she is changing. I am sure many of us would like to see the changes.
Frogs can gender change, but I'm not sure about anything else?
Chickens change sex?
I heard they were afraid to take it past cross dressing.
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