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

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    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.
     
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  2. Ducks4us

    Ducks4us Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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
     
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  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    Hens can develop ovarian problems, and start producing testosterone, and start showing male behaviors and looks. Mary
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    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 Out Of The Brooder

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    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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