Rooster Becomes Hen Due to Environmental Factors

atheistScience FreakSuperfan
rdklep8's picture
Posts: 155
Joined: 2009-11-10
User is offlineOffline
Rooster Becomes Hen Due to Environmental Factors



Gianni started life as a red-blooded cockerel and would often wake his Italian owners up crowing on his farm in Tuscany.

But when a fox raided Gianni's enclosure and killed all of the hens inside, Gianni felt it was time for a change.

Within days the bird was laying eggs and trying to hatch them as he began his new life as a hen.

The sex-change chicken has baffled scientists at the UN's Farm and Agriculture Organisation, who are now planning to study Gianni's DNA to see what made him change.

An expert at the centre said: 'It may be a primitive species survival gene. With all the females gone he could only ensure the future of his line by becoming female.'

Professor Donato Matassino, who will be leading tests on Gianni, said: 'This rooster-hen will be taken to the laboratories of Consdabi for a series of behavioural and genetic tests.

'This will allow us to decipher this bizarre DNA mix up that appears to have literally given what looks like two chickens in one.'

Professor Donato said the cockerel-hen was transported by train to Naples where the laboratories are based.


Seriously wild stuff.  Definitely going to be interested on the results of the testing that will be done.


chndlrjhnsn's picture
Posts: 159
Joined: 2010-03-28
User is offlineOffline
I'm sure anti-evolutionists

I'm sure anti-evolutionists will just say this is a miracle.

High Level DonorModeratorRRS Core Member
Hambydammit's picture
Posts: 8657
Joined: 2006-10-22
User is offlineOffline
 Wow.  Sex change isn't

 Wow.  Sex change isn't that uncommon for fish and amphibians, but I've never heard of it in a bird before.  Wacky wild stuff.

Atheism isn't a lot like religion at all. Unless by "religion" you mean "not religion". --Ciarin
Books about atheism

Kapkao's picture
Posts: 4121
Joined: 2010-01-12
User is offlineOffline
Ok dammit!

Hambydammit wrote:

 Wow.  Sex change isn't that uncommon for fish and amphibians, but I've never heard of it in a bird before.  Wacky wild stuff.

I demand to know the secret chemical formula of your intellectual 'steroid'.


And yeah, Ham's right. But then, chickens are anatomically simple, not unlike most remaining amphibians as well as bony fishes.


“A meritocratic society is one in which inequalities of wealth and social position solely reflect the unequal distribution of merit or skills amongst human beings, or are based upon factors beyond human control, for example luck or chance. Such a society is socially just because individuals are judged not by their gender, the colour of their skin or their religion, but according to their talents and willingness to work, or on what Martin Luther King called 'the content of their character'. By extension, social equality is unjust because it treats unequal individuals equally.” "Political Ideologies" by Andrew Heywood (2003)