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Do female hens have spur buds on their legs?

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I know roosters have spurs, but do hens have little spur buds.  My chicks are about 8 weeks old and many of them have a little bump on each leg where a spur should develop if it is a rooster.  Please tell me I don't have mostly of roosters!  I am hoping hens have a little bump on their leg too.  I also have three polish, 2 slikie, 2 bantam leghorns, 1 golden seabright, 1 serama, 3 millie flur.  I will be terribly sad if most of them are roosters!  What will I do with that many roosters????

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I was at another BYCer's home a few weeks ago and he showed me a couple hens that had spurs - very small, but they were there!  So my answer is yes.  There is still hope!!!

I am wife to a wonderful husband who is surrounded by girls!!!  We have an almost 8 year old daughter and an almost 4 year old daughter.   Our dog is a Chocolate Lab girl and now we have 28 chicken girls for him to deal with but now we have 3 roos too!    I love my Barred Rock/EE mix roo named Thor!  He is GIGANTIC and very sweet!  We also have 1 d'uccle bantam.
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I am wife to a wonderful husband who is surrounded by girls!!!  We have an almost 8 year old daughter and an almost 4 year old daughter.   Our dog is a Chocolate Lab girl and now we have 28 chicken girls for him to deal with but now we have 3 roos too!    I love my Barred Rock/EE mix roo named Thor!  He is GIGANTIC and very sweet!  We also have 1 d'uccle bantam.
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post #3 of 10

Hens can have spurs and spur bumps. I had a Polish hen who had really long spurs, although they weren't sharp. They were pretty dull. And alot of game hens have spurs, too.

ETA: Spurs are bad to go by with sexing, because hens will have bumps sometimes from the day they're born. Actually I recall hearing that all hens have at least bumps.


Edited by ThePolishPrincess - 6/19/10 at 10:28am
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post #4 of 10

Yep, all hens have bumps. Usually rooster's bumps are bigger, but don't go by that, it isn't a sure way.

 
 

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post #5 of 10

yes, they all have bumps, and some hens will grow spurs too though its not very common. I have had several Cochin females develope spurs.

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WOOO! HOOO!  I was a little worried that I had all rooster!  Thanks!

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Pullets have the same spur bumps and they can also get spurs!!

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Smith/Giles "project" Lavender Orpingtons, Spring of 2012 Part English "project" Lavenders , Part English BBS Orpingtons, Buff Orpingtons and Bantam Light Brahmas.  Follow me down the yellow brick road!!! 

I'm holding out for the gold star !!!!   

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Hi, I'm a brand new user and don't know a lot yet but I do know a little about your question. I have 5 brahmas, 4 of which are definitely girls, and one seems to be a boy. The girls are 22 weeks old and all of them have small spur buds, right back from 15 weeks old onwards. The boy (19 weeks) is now developing longer spurs than the girls. So I would say that yours aren't necessarily cockerels, and yes there is hope!!! Well I hope so, anyway. smile

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Our gang: me and hubby, 2 silver pencilled brahmas, 2 gold pencilled brahmas and a little black brahma. All living the good life.
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I breathe a sigh of relief. We have 5 chicks that are 3 weeks old, and I like many other novice chicken owners am in a chronic state of "do we have a rooster?" as we have to send them away if they are. I noticed 3 of them today with the bump on the back and am glad to hear that it doesn't mean we will be down to two. It is hard when I am not a very good wait and see person! We do have and Americauana and a Barred Rock who seem huge and more aggressive. Really hoping it is just personality, not Roo-ism smile.png
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I was relieved reading all of your posts. I was looking at my 8-12 week old pullets today, and saw that most of them have what appear to be spur buds, while my grown hens seem to have completely smooth legs. I panicked for a minute and ran in to search for an answer. I'm glad that I'm not the only one, and that I may still have plenty of girls.

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