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Archive for September, 2012

A case of Female to Male sex reversal in a Rhode Island Red

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

The photos below are of a Rhode Island Red (RIR) chicken who was born female and has since taken on the secondary sexual characteristics of a male (rooster).  I don’t know her exact age, as she came to me as an adult, but the change occurred this year, about a year after she had been […]


Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Smores is an Ameraucana chicken whose original family was uncertain if Smores was male or female.  Smores had a longer tail, more typical of males, and also made some crowing sounds, similar to a young cockerel starting to find his voice.  It was the vocalisation that was a problem though as Smore’s original family was […]

Turkey Beards

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

This is Charles, our adult Male Turkey (a “Tom Turkey”). He is about 1 year old in this photo.  His breed is a “Royal Palm”. When we got him, he was a juvenile. Like most first-time turkey owners,there were things were unfamiliar with – such as Toms’ “beards”. Do you see those black feathers on […]