Can Chickens Change Sex?

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Question:

Not the most pervasive of suburban legends, granted, but it seems to keep popping up. It goes something like this…

Confused Farmer finds Hen is now Cock
The mature hen, Gertie, who had laid eggs the previous year, suddenly stopped, grew chin wattles and started to crow.

So, can chickens really change sex?

Answer:

The short answer – No.


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One comment on “Can Chickens Change Sex?

  1. Has anyone found a connection between the existence of hermaphrodites in flocks of laying hens infected with infectious bronchitis?

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