do all chickens have spurs, or just roosters?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ctcasper, Apr 12, 2008.

  1. ctcasper

    ctcasper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am still trying to figure out wether I have all roosters, i just want to know if all chickens have spurs and roosters are just way larger or what??? Thanks
     
  2. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    How old are they? They all have little bumps on the back of their legs but they stay that....just little bumps. I worried when my girls were little, too, thinking they were all roos.
     
  3. banter

    banter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2008
    Raymond Maine
    Some roosters do not have spurs. Mine do not.
     
  4. ctcasper

    ctcasper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    THey are 9 weeks and they all have just a small bump on the inside of their legs, is that where the spur will be on the roos???? How old are they before you can really tell the sex for sure?
     
  5. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    At 9 weeks I think you should be able to get some really good guesses if not 100% sure. If you post pics there will be people willing to help you figure them out. Yes, that is where mine got his spurs but at almost 7 months old, his spurs are still very small.
     
  6. ctcasper

    ctcasper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did post pics, but most everyone said I have only one hen and 14 roos, so I am not quite ready to accept that. Will when I have to though:rolleyes:
     
  7. flip9109

    flip9109 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i had a laying hen with 1" spurs. they all start out with little ones they kind of round over when they get older but not allways.

    I just looked at pics you posted earlier. a few look like they have sickle shaped feathers on their tails. they are roosters.
     
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  8. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    Quote:YIKES!!!!! Well, I am certainly no expert but I looked at your pics. I am not seeing what looks like only one girl, but you do have a lot of masculine looking babies. I take it you bought straight run?
     
  9. chickmomma30

    chickmomma30 Out Of The Brooder

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    all chickens have spurs the males are a lot bigger so they can fight the hens have them to but a lot small and unnoticable
     
  10. ctcasper

    ctcasper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did buy a staight run, I wanted about half and half because we wanted some meat birds too. I bought them from someone last weekend, i wanted older ones because I wasn't prepared to raise babies yet. So I am hoping for at least 4 hens, if I have that many then I will keep them for the winter and hopefully hatch some more myself next year. Just waiting to see for sure now though. If I only have 1 or 2, i will probably go to the auction and get some more of just whatever breed for now.
     

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