How About That of the Day: Gertie the hen has baffled its Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire owner after appearing to undergo a sudden sex change.
Jeanette Howard says she first thought something might be amiss when she noticed Gertie had grown back a few extra feathers after molting. But it wasn’t until Gertie had developed wattles, a prominent comb, stopped producing eggs, and began strutting and crowing that Howard realized Gertie might be due for a new name.
Marion Ford, a veterinary surgeon, said the phenomenon wasn’t unheard of. “An increase in testosterone will result in a hen growing an extended comb, exaggerated wattles, and cockerel-like behaviour including strutting and crowing,” Ford told the BBC.
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