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I have had a total of 12 chickens since living here in Portugal, slowly, slowly, they have either died or had to be culled for various reasons. This is the one I have left.

chickyoungun After her last moult, she started laying every other day (she’s 4 years old, so not bad), but she started growing a bigger comb

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and has got very big, I reckon she weighs about 2 kilos….anyway, a strange thing has happened, she has started crowing………..

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she started a while ago after the penultimate hen died….she stopped for a bit whilst the last hen was dying…….I got her a mate on Sunday, she’s started again this morning. I’ve looked into it and apparently it can happen, if their grain has got damp or mouldy it can change the hen’s hormones……..as long as she continues to lay I’m not that bothered, and as long as she doesn’t try and hump the new hen. I would introduce more but am concerned that the sex-change chicken may well have contracted whatever the last hen died of and I don’t want to invest time and money in a new flock only to loose them all……we’ll see how we get on with the new one and the old one

big girl

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2 Responses to cock-a-doodle-don’t

  1. that is extraordinary! Transgender hen – love it! All our hens are broody – or have little chicks – so no eggs at present. have to be careful with the chicks – crows and hawks are always on the lookout – we’ve lost a few this way. Complicated to find them as free range and trying to catch them is quite a chore!

    • Hi Filipa, good to see you here, yes weird isn’t it, but apparently not uncommon. I used to let my hens run around, now they get a bit of a scrabble when the dogs and i are at the farm, but i never let them out for long as i don’t have time to fetch them all back. I am longing for the day when I have a proper run for hens and i can leave them to roam freely and safely, but too much to do at the moment…a friend of mine has strung up a big woven string thing to keep the big birds away from his flock, it’s made it awkward for him as he’s quite tall but they haven’t lost any birds to the other birds……

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