Are these spurs?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Amob, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. Amob

    Amob New Egg

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    We purchased 2 new silkie chickens today. On closer inspection one of the 'hens' has a sixth toe or spur.

    She is 6months old. Doesn't seem to have a large wattle etc. But these weird 'toe-things' don't have nails.

    Thoughts? Thanks.

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  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    WELCOME!

    Looks like a spur to me... I think I can see the 5th toe just below it.

    By the size of that spur... I'm gong to say that it is likly not a hen... and if it was, this bird is probably at least a year old if not two or three. My two year old roos don't have spurs that big. But spurs can vary within and between lines.

    Hope you have what you wanted. If you can post a body pic, that may help.
     
  3. Amob

    Amob New Egg

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    Thank you for the quick reply. I have attached a full body photo... hope this helps.

    We can't have roosters here so I'm hoping 'she' is a she.

    Hen?

    Only 6 months?

    [​IMG]
     
  4. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

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    They sure look like spurs. Idon't know diddly about silkies- but I think if itwas a rooster it would definately be crowing by now. Or laying if it's a girl. How long have you had her? Sometimes they stop laying for a while when they go to a new home.
     
  5. Pathfinders

    Pathfinders Overrun With Chickens

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    That spur definitely looks like it belongs to a male. Can you post a close up pic of it's comb and front of its face?
     
  6. obe10

    obe10 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that is a roo and those are spurs [​IMG]
     
  7. kentuckysilkies

    kentuckysilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is a spur. The bird in the picture is a hen. The only thing that I think you were misinformed about is the age. The hen in the picture is an older lady 3 plus years in my opinion.
     
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  8. chickenwhisperer123

    chickenwhisperer123 Whispers Loudly

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    That is a great looking silkie!! [​IMG]


    It looks like a hen to me, but I dont have any idea the age.
     
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  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Yeah, that body is looking girly to me too, so I think you have an older hen. It is not uncommon for a girl to have a spur, and you got one, she's just not 6 months old.
     
  10. obe10

    obe10 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    in some breeds a female might develop spurs but take a look at those wattles [​IMG] that has to be a roo

    or it could be a henooster lol [​IMG] lol haha


    ...sorry i thought that was funny though...
     
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