Barred rock laying hen grew Spurs & quit laying eggs!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tdmom, Feb 19, 2017.

  1. tdmom

    tdmom Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 1, 2012
    western NY
    I have a now 10 month old barred rock laying hen that was given to me in Septrmber....she was a lone chick raised by herself and joined my flock of hens then. She was a GREAT layer. All my other hand are older and don't lay over winter. I wondered why I wasn't getting anymore eggs from the newest barred rock.

    Today I noticed she has grown LONG Spurs. There is no crowing, no mounting, etc. just Spurs and an absence of eggs for 2 1/2 months.

    What is happening? Will she resume laying eggs ever? Thanks.
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2017
  2. Ducks4us

    Ducks4us Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2015
    North Idaho
    Do you have pictures of her?
    I had a hen that after she molted she started crowing and attacking the other hens and acting like rooster. She never stopped laying eggs tho( i knew because i watched her lay an egg and she was our only white egg layer) , and didnt grow spurs thankfully
    We gave her away to a farm with a rooster to put her in her place and she stopped crowing after that
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2017
  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Hens can develop ovarian problems, and start producing testosterone, and start showing male behaviors and looks. Mary
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Some hens do grow pretty good spurs.
    Did she molt over winter?
    Might have been hard to see as some molt slowly.
  5. emgrider

    emgrider Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2015
    Ive seen where hens suffer from a testosterone imbalance and behave like roosters. I had a bantam hen that was rooish. I honestly don't know what to tell you to do

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