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Scientists investigate egg-laying rooster

Posted on Sunday, 12 February, 2012 | Comment icon 14 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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A rooster on a small farm in China has made headlines after it mysteriously started to lay eggs.

The bird's owner said that the rooster had started to produce eggs only after all the hens he had been keeping were gone. "I thought it was a joke and that one of my neighbours had put the egg in there for fun," he said. "But the next day there was another egg and so on the third day I waited - and was amazed when I saw that the rooster laid an egg." A local TV station has since picked up the story prompting local agricultural ministry scientists to turn up to perform tests on the bird in an attempt to get to the bottom of the mystery.

"Chinese scientists are investigating a bizarre case in which a cockerel apparently started laying eggs after all the hens were eaten."

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Comment icon #5 Posted by Rolci on 12 February, 2012, 12:26
why do we never get to see the results of these scientific investigations? Last time they were analizing some yeti hair for dna. whatever happened there?
Comment icon #6 Posted by VietRulerZ on 12 February, 2012, 15:02
Hermephrodite?
Comment icon #7 Posted by lightly on 13 February, 2012, 0:51
well... if it looks like a rooster, and talks like a rooster, but lays an egg.. it ain't a rooster•
Comment icon #8 Posted by reggie2011 on 13 February, 2012, 1:05
nature always finds a way
Comment icon #9 Posted by ColoradoParanormal on 13 February, 2012, 2:23
It's always China lol .... In the past six months there has been a Lamb that gave birth to a "Dog," The kid who sees in the Dark, This and fill in if I've left some out. I'm thinking I did.
Comment icon #10 Posted by ohio state buckeyes on 13 February, 2012, 2:53
This kind stuff comes out of china all the time.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Biodemon on 13 February, 2012, 6:22
If this kind of stuff is happening in China, it may perhaps be all the pollution they have there, amongst other things. o.o
Comment icon #12 Posted by Jerry Only on 13 February, 2012, 16:53
If this kind of stuff is happening in China, it may perhaps be all the pollution they have there, amongst other things. o.o As I linked above: The chromosomes that normally control the physical differences between male and female are fixed at the moment of fertilisation and cannot change. But the sex chromosomes work by coding for enzymes that affect the bird’s development in the egg and during its life. These enzymes are sensitive to temperature and if eggs fertilised with male chromosomes are cooled by a few degrees for three days after laying, the relative activity of the sex hormones will ... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by DarkSideOfTheMoon on 13 February, 2012, 22:58
Sounds like a c*** and Bull story to me
Comment icon #14 Posted by fatalcharm on 22 February, 2012, 23:32
I'm pretty curious to see the results of their test. My money is on it being a hen all along that just acted like a rooster. I agree, it may have not been a rooster to begin with. When I was a kid, my family had chooks, all of them were hens. One of the more dominant hens took on the role of the rooster, crowing every morning and even trying to mate with the rest of the hens. After a while it even started to look more like a rooster than a hen. It was still a hen, it still had the ability to lay eggs although it didn't lay eggs that often but it just took on the role of a rooster in the absenc... [More]


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