Can hens grow spurs?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ARose4Heaven, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. ARose4Heaven

    ARose4Heaven Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I noticed the other day that one of my 4 year old BSL's has 1 inch spurs. Her comb isn't much larger than the other hens, and she doesn't crow or try to mount the other hens. I have no idea if she lays eggs. I have 142 hens, so keeping track of who's laying is impossible. I have occasionally noticed what may be fertile spots in eggs, but always discounted it because I "have no rooster".

    I have a small flock of young birds, both male and female that I will be sending to my mother's house in a couple weeks. Maybe I should include her as a bonus?
    I REALLY don't want fertile eggs!
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes, hens can grow spurs. It's not all that uncommon. If she never crows then I would bet she is a she.
     
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    My favorite and biggest Barred Rock hen has 1/2 inch spurs. She is 5 years old and a real sweetheart, lays an egg about every 2-3 days.
     
  4. Louise's Country Closet

    Louise's Country Closet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our favorite hen has spurs too and she's completely normal [​IMG]

    I have to ask though, why don't you want fertile eggs?
     

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