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Hello everyone, I hope that everyone is doing great today.  I thought that only roosters could have spurs, I thought I had 17 hens and 1 rooster, but then I looked and saw 2 others with spurs so I have been calling them roosters.  Then I was told last night by a friend that hens can have spurs.  I am so confused here.  So can they or can't they have spurs?  Thanks

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It is not very common, but hens can have spurs.  I have a game/EE cross with 1.5 inch spurs.  She is a very good layer.

There is a breed that it is common for the hens to have spurs.  I can't remember it right now, but that breed also has multispurred Roosters.

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post #3 of 53

I have a RIR hen that has spurs.

One is about a 1/2" long and the other is about 1/4" long.

She is my best laying hen.

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Thanks that is good to know...because they sure weren't acting like roosters, they are acting more like hens.

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mine does roll

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post #6 of 53

I have a good book on chicken breeds. In this book it show several pictures of hens with spurs: Iwoa Blue, Dorking, Blue hen of Delaware, and Lakenvelder, just to name a few.

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post #7 of 53

Both of my three year old Polish hens have spurs...pretty long ones to boot. I will actually remove them when I do the rooster this spring.

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post #8 of 53

Obelisk has grown one...she's an older Leghorn hen...she'll be 5 at the end of May.
Slifer, my hermaphrodite Brahma/Leghorn hen had spurs that were almost 2 inches long.
I think it's a game breed where the hens have spurs too.

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post #9 of 53

A couple of my older EE's have them.  They're not very big...just sort of little spike things poking out.

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post #10 of 53

My 4 year-old EE/SLW cross hen has 1 spur and she still lays from time to time.  Neither her mama nor her sister has spurs.

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