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Poultry and Livestock: Ive got a hen that all of a sudden thinks shes a rooster!!!!

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SuzfromAZ
Eagar, AZ
(Zone 5a)

September 1, 2006
10:42 PM

Post #2682907

I think ive got a transvestite hen, she walks around all puffed up, has all the characteristics of a rooster, this has been going on for about a month, shes about a year and a half old, so has anybody else had this happen????
Zeppy
Shenandoah Valley, VA
(Zone 6b)

September 1, 2006
11:07 PM

Post #2682983

Is she eating all right? Does she look swollen? Is she laying?

My hens puff up when they're broody, and they cluck a lot.

I have a hen that tries to crow. It's pretty funny. Awful sound, though.
BackyardHens
Antrim, NH

September 2, 2006
7:36 PM

Post #2685273

I've heard of this before. IS she the dominant hen? My dominant hen makes an AWFUL racket while she is keeping everyone else in line. It is a hard job, you know!

Or maybe she is a rooster and is just a very late bloomer!
leaflady
Hughesville, MO
(Zone 5a)

September 13, 2006
4:28 AM

Post #2717963

Do you have a rooster? If not, this is normal behavior. Any species is liable to do this if there in only one gender present.
brigidlily
Lumberton, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 13, 2006
2:37 PM

Post #2718792

A lesbi-hen? (NO OFFENSE, ANYONE!)

How many hens to you have?
Zeppy
Shenandoah Valley, VA
(Zone 6b)

September 13, 2006
2:40 PM

Post #2718797

That's a good point, leaflady. My hen didn't start her crowing until we got rid of the rooster last winter. Now that we have new roosters, she does a quieter crow only after he does. I suppose she is my most dominant hen, as well, so it makes sense.

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