Now I’m A Chick! Gianni the Gender-Bending Rooster Starts to Lay Eggs, Baffling Scientists

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Photo: Muhammad Mahdi Karim (CC)

Via the Daily Mail:

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 (Consortium for the experimentation and application of innovative biotechniques) for a series of behavioural and genetic tests.

Read more: Daily Mail

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14 Responses to Now I’m A Chick! Gianni the Gender-Bending Rooster Starts to Lay Eggs, Baffling Scientists

  1. tyrulz May 7, 2010 at 11:50 am #

    NOOO roosters can't “EAY” eggs. No chicken can!

  2. Jackson May 7, 2010 at 12:00 pm #

    (1) “Eay” eggs?
    (2) The last paragraph is written twice.

    Quality of so called regurgitated web journalism these days….

    • Disinformation May 7, 2010 at 12:28 pm #

      Sorry about that, was the story display, not the author. Thanks for reading.

  3. Anthony May 7, 2010 at 4:09 pm #

    Starts to Eay eggs does it?!

    FAIL.

    • Disinformation May 7, 2010 at 4:21 pm #

      Spot on, thanks for giving this fun article the attention.

  4. dumbsaint May 7, 2010 at 6:37 pm #

    Can I point out a typo and prove how awesome I am too? I promise to follow it up with insulting over-reaction of some kind

  5. dumbsaint May 7, 2010 at 7:37 pm #

    Can I point out a typo and prove how awesome I am too? I promise to follow it up with insulting over-reaction of some kind

  6. Dave May 8, 2010 at 3:30 pm #

    Genius Lesbian Chicken with a hat?

  7. mike May 8, 2010 at 7:40 pm #

    When I was growing up, (in the sixties and seventies in rural Jamaica) we had roosters that occasionally laid eggs. It was something that we noted as strange, but it did happen.

  8. Tuna Ghost May 10, 2010 at 12:30 am #

    So theoretically if I kill all the other males on the planet, there’s a chance I will spontaneously develop female sex organs? Sounds like a plan!

  9. Tuna Ghost May 9, 2010 at 7:30 pm #

    So theoretically if I kill all the other males on the planet, there's a chance I will spontaneously develop female sex organs? Sounds like a plan!

    • Guest69 February 19, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

      Don’t you mean kill all the other FEmales on the planet

  10. Guest69 February 19, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    Don’t you mean kill all the other FEmales on the planet

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