Chicken Claws

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Charlene1234, Aug 7, 2008.

  1. Charlene1234

    Charlene1234 Out Of The Brooder

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    We got a hen (said it was 2 yrs old) and she's got 1" claws on the side of her legs (I trimmed them when she started attacking my young 'uns). What are these called and can the size of these claws help tell her real age?? My 17 1/2 wk olds don't have anything on their legs - except I'm noticing little bumbs where I think they will grow. Are these like "du-claws" on a dog? Do they need to be removed? Thanks!
     
  2. ridgefire

    ridgefire Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You sure its a hen?

    Roosters get spurs on the side of their legs.
     
  3. hooligan

    hooligan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2007
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    Is the nail from a fifth toe or a spur? Hens will get bumps to but rarely will develope a spur.


    This is a spur:

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  4. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Those are spurs.

    Hens rarely get them, but I do have 1 hen that has 1" spurs.
     
  5. hooligan

    hooligan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2007
    Arkansas
    If you post a pic of your 'girl' we will be able to tell you if it indeed is a she or he [​IMG]
     
  6. americana-chick

    americana-chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Obelisk has a spur on one leg...
    Some of the game breed hens are supposed to have spurs, but most times they get them because they're older birds.
     

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