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Do Hens have spurs?

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We just noticed one of our 'hens' seems to have sharp spurs growing.  I thought only roosters had spurs?  DOes anyone know?

post #2 of 16

Some hens grow spurs, what breed is she?

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                                    Hi, my name is Maria.  I have 2 dogs, a cat, and not enough chickens. 

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post #3 of 16

I have four hens that have old English game in them and they have huge spurs.

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Yes, I've had hens from Asiatic, Mediterranean, American classes have them.

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Breeder of: Show Quality Blue and Black Langshans in Largefowl. I also specialize in white Langshan Bantams!  


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post #5 of 16

My RIR hen has very long spurs. Freaky. I'll see if I can get a pic to show you.

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updated 6/16/11: 57 chickens, 9 guineas, 1 peacock, 3 ducks, 10 barn cats, 6 dogs, 9 horses, 2 bunnies, 1 ornamental box turtle (I think I got them all)
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post #6 of 16

I have a buttercup that has huge spurs, I believe they bigger then my Roo's. And she uses them on him when he gets to frisky!

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post #7 of 16

Here is a pic of my welsummer hen that has spurs.
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg243/FourHChickens/IMG_0646.jpg

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TIME is the best thing to spend on a child!
Always calibrate your hygrometer before you incubate!!

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post #8 of 16

We just got rid of a pair of red sex-link hens that were several years old.  Each one had a 1 1/2 inch long spur on one leg only.

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I have amongst my other hens four Black Rocks that I have raised since they were week old chicks. I bought them from a breeder/agent. Only today did I notice one of them has spurs. I've never owned a cockerel (rooster) so have nothing to compare her with. They don't all lay on the same day so I have no way of knowing for sure if she is laying, unless I separate her from the others. I found this forum when I searched to see  if hens could have spurs.....and from what others say, it seems they can? The four of them are always together and I have never seen any signs of her trying to dominate or mount any of the others so can I safely assume she is indeed simply a hen with spurs?

post #10 of 16
I have a buttercup with only one extremely long spur. I have to trim it down every six or so months. It can be up to 4 inches long. Good to see other people have the same problem, because I thought she was a freak of nature.
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