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Rooster lays eggs

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posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 07:09 AM
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A cockerill in Italy has started to lays eggs after the hens he was living with were killed by a fox. Poor thing has now been taken off for tests. I hope they treat him kindly:

www.dailymail.co.uk...


Gianni started life as a red-blooded rooster 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 rooster-hen was transported by train to Naples where the laboratories are based.


I have quoted the article in full.

Puts a new slant on the chicken / egg dilemma, I think


[edit on 21-4-2010 by berenike]




posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 07:16 AM
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How is this biologically possible? I though roosters were males, which means their reproductive organs would simply not allow them to lay eggs.

I wonder if he was originally born a hermaphro-chicken?


Very strange! Thanks for the article.



posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 07:24 AM
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If arooster laid an egg on top of a barn, which side would it fall off?

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posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 07:33 AM
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I don't know - tell me which side it would fall off.

I hope there's a good punchline



posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 07:37 AM
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God, why do scientists always have to take animals to "THE LAB"!!!!!

Shoulda figured that..poor chicken-rooster!! Guess its a good thing he didnt grow more legs or he'd be dinner already.



posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 07:45 AM
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We once had a cat that thought she was a hen. She would sit on the eggs that other hens laid and the rooster even mounted her a time or two.
We were just waiting for her to lay an egg and become millionaires. The headlines were going to read "Amazing cat lays golden eggs for owner"

Oh well, on to the next money making scheme.



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posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 07:46 AM
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And if we could only step aside and trust in nature, life will find a way. - The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997


I thinks sums it up for me :-)


 

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posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 07:53 AM
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Originally posted by aboxoftrix
If a rooster laid an egg on top of a barn, which side would it fall off?


Roosters' don't lay eggs
Good one!

But now that logic problem has to be throw out with the trash.
I learned that question a while back.
From a very good logic problem book.

Thanks for jogging my memory!


Actually I think the question is as follows:

If barn roof has 2 sides, one pitch at a 35 degree angle and the other pitch at a 40 degree angle...if a rooster laid an egg on the top,
Which side would it fall?



SOURCE: What is the name of this book? Raymond Smullyan
Great book, and very intriguing. Highly recommended!

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posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 08:04 AM
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Whats next "Pigs flying"?

I think the scientists will leave their specimen intact so they can observe it more. The poor little things life may be for ever changed but hopefully they will allow some of the hatchlings to go on living so that its effort to continue its geneitc line would have been worth it.

Ive heard of this happening in many other species, wonder if its possible in humans.



posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 08:05 AM
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BAH!

I was hoping for a really daft answer.

I know roosters don't normally lay eggs.


Yummy Freelunch - My sentiments, too.



posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 08:06 AM
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I wonder if the eggs are fertile?

I hope someone tries to incubate them. Who knows what the result may be.



posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 08:36 AM
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Originally posted by polarwarrior

Ive heard of this happening in many other species, wonder if its possible in humans.


ROFL!!!!! I almost spit my diet coke on my screen!

I can see it now...pregnant men all over the world!

"joe, i cant come into work today..my feet are swollen!! " says the big burly ditch digger...oh my..lol



posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 08:40 AM
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I'm sure it's just a mutated chicken...some sort of hermaphradite. Either that or the story is BS. Either way i highly doubt that a normal male chicken suddenly under went a DNA/gender mutation and became female......no way.



posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 08:44 AM
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Pretty sure there is a pregnant man. Cept it doesnt really count cuz he was born female and had a sex change leaving the female organs, stiill he/she or it has a beard and a big belly that aint from beer.

Here we go I found it


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posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 08:49 AM
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Errr...
The written post was descriptive enough. Ewww.

Thanks anyway.



posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 08:51 AM
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I remember that story..was interesting to me..but really..thats not fair since he used to be a she..I want to see ditch diggers, and construction workers and big, burly bikers being pregnant..sighs..

Seriously..arent there other animals that are both male and female..worms, right..but what about mammals..hmm maybe im just nuts..



posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 09:07 AM
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wonder if its possible in humans.


Spontaneous human gender change has been reported.

And by an interesting coincidence...that individual was a chicken seller.



posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 09:12 AM
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Originally posted by LordBucket
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wonder if its possible in humans.


Spontaneous human gender change has been reported.

And by an interesting coincidence...that individual was a chicken seller.


Wow, just wow!!! I really need a nap after this one..thanks..rofl


"On the morning of the full moon day of June 21, I noticed my thing [sex organ] was not the same as before," Thin Sandar, who now goes by the male name Than Sein, said in an interview at his home. "And my breasts disappeared," Than Sein added. "So I called out and showed it all to my mom and dad. It was very strange."



posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 09:14 AM
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That is not a man. It is a woman. Nothing out of the ordinary here except the fact she had been taking male hormones for the beard and cut her hair short and had a double mastectomy for the chest. But still a woman. She has all the plumbing. This story went worldwide "MAN IS PREGNANT!".....and after reading the story you should be left with "BS! It's a woman!" It made her and her partner very rich I guess.



posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 09:23 AM
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This is NOT a rooster.
It´s a hen. You dont need to know to much about chickens to recognize it.



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