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? – Short answer: NO
The Long Answer
There are a few different explanations for stories such as these, but the important point of all of them is that these apparent sex changes are merely superficial – the hen might be visually and behaviourally male, but she is still unable to fertilise another hen’s eggs. So why does the hen suddenly start crowing? Continue reading