Oddities&Endities

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Why the other chickens crossed the road...


Freaky the hen rules the roost after her sex change
By Richard Savill
(Filed: 19/04/2006)

Freaky the hen spent the first eight months of her life laying eggs and attracting the attentions of a rooster
But last September the silver-laced Wyandotte started crowing at sunrise and being aggressive.
She has since developed the full comb and wattle of a cockerel. She has put on weight and engages in simulated mating. Only the equipment to produce offspring is missing.
Her owner, Jo Richards, 42, of Saltford, near Bath, said: "One morning, out of the blue, she just started crowing. I have kept chickens for years but never heard of such a thing."
An old proverb says that "a whistling woman and a crowing hen are neither fit for God nor man."
Daily Telegraph

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