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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 11:51 pm 
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I woke up at 4am a week ago to the loud and repetitive sound of a rooster crowing, and thought automatically, "Great! Someone in the neighbourhood as a rooster." It was only a couple of days later that I discovered I was the one with the rooster! Our hen has started crowing. I have had this hen for over 6 years and I promise it has always been a hen, but lately it has started looking like a rooster, developing spurs and big red comb and wattle. After doing some research on the net I have discovered that this is possible due to a hormone imbalance if the left ovary is damaged and stops working, then the right ovary takes over resulting in an increase of the testosterone (male) hormone taking over. I have had hens for over 30 years and this is the first time I have encountered this dilemma.

As I live in the western suburbs of Melbourne, roosters are not permitted. I need some help to save her from an ill fated future. I don't know what to do and need to do something before the neighbours start complaining and the council comes knocking on my door. I have contacted a few farms but they can’t take her/him. Does anyone know anyone or an organization/ farm in the Melbourne area that wouldn't mind a confused chicken roaming about their farm or big open area. Please help. Any suggestions will be great. Free to a good home.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:17 am 
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What breed is your hen?

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 4:50 pm 
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once a hen has a sex changa they are male now andwill not lay again. it is best to get rid of her. auctioneer

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2014 3:13 pm 
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I'll take it. Where are you and what breed is it?


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2014 6:33 pm 
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I had a pekin bantam hen who grew spurs, crowed nad tried to mate other hens. she took over the roosters role as she was dominant hen. I brought in a mature rooster, and she went back to being a hen and laid eggs (only a few)

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 7:36 pm 
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You have a hooster. She may have done it in response to a lack of a rooster, in which case introducing a rooster will cause her to revert. If however it's happened because she's gone through 'henopause' then she will not revert due to the hormone imbalance.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 10:44 pm 
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Hi,

I just had a thought, that you could try 'night-boxing' your hen, as people do for their roosters - although that wouldn't work if she's crowing during the daytime. But it might be worth a try. You could put her in a cat carrier or something similar, and put in the laundry or garage overnight, to dampen the sound.

Otherwise, if she were rehomed to someone who had a rooster, it should do the trick and stop her crowing. I've taken on a couple of girls who've crowed - neither of my girls have ever crowed at all once they were in with the rooster; and both lay eggs and are just like all the other hens.

Wish I could take her, but I'm in Brisbane. Give the night box a go - it can't hurt. And if anyone complains, you can still honestly say she is a hen!

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:46 pm 
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Oh you poor thing! What a dilemma!

I have had girls crow a bit but not full on like you are experiencing with spurs etc.

I agree with Onyx - try night boxing and perhaps even speak to your neighbours explaining what has happened. They will be intrigued and hopefully this will prevent any complaints if they are really nice neighbours!

I have a young boy I want to keep pretty badly as sweet natured and very pretty and am thinking night boxing may be the go as our neighbours are pretty good (or just not home a lot! :)) but that may be a pipe dream as chickens are not popular around my area (though perhaps other people just have vewy vewy qwiet ones as I do occasionally hear a "I've just laid" cackle fest...but not a lot sadly)

Good luck - I do hope it works out for your trans-gender chookie!


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