Embedded deep inside the city Department of Planning and Development's annual report is a "new enforcement issue" which caught the recent attention of Publicola. Seems the issue concerns "transgender hens."
Apparently, since the city imposed a ban on roosters, some chicken owners have veen arguing that their roosters are not really roosters -- but chickens in disguise.
Some breeds (Barred Rock is one example) in which the hens have rooster-like characteristics which may include combs, wattles, and spurs...which makes it difficult to tell whether it is a hen or a rooster. Our inspectors are not ornithologists, so if a bird looks like a rooster and crows like a rooster, we will have to issue a citation for having a rooster. Owners would need to establish that what they have is not a rooster in order to avoid a fine.
Stevens adds that of 20 to 25 annual rooster complaints, about two have involved chicken owners claiming their roosters were actually hens.