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Do hens get spurs?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Nicola, May 4, 2009.

  1. Nicola

    Nicola Chook Cuddlin' Aussie

    Feb 23, 2009
    ACT
    i have 3 sexed pullets and all 3 of then have itty bitty little nubs like the size of a needle on the back of their legs is that normal? they area about 5-6 weeks old and are RIR cross leghorn
     
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  2. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    Many baby chicks of both sexes get those lil' nubs. They do it to confuse you.

    And yes, some adult hens grow spurs.
     
  3. Nicola

    Nicola Chook Cuddlin' Aussie

    Feb 23, 2009
    ACT
    so it is ok
     
  4. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah they all have those little nubs. I actually have some hens with full spurs. I had 2 welsummer hens both with full spurs. Most of the time it just stays as the a little nub though.
     
  5. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    Yes they can, but the hens usually don't get them until they are older and mature. By then they have been laying for a while..
     
  6. Nicola

    Nicola Chook Cuddlin' Aussie

    Feb 23, 2009
    ACT
    Quote:the nubs or spurs?
    and one of them has a redder comb than the others but they are all girls ill try and take some photos of them and i cant exactly remember how old they are
     
  7. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    Quote:the nubs or spurs?
    and one of them has a redder comb than the others but they are all girls ill try and take some photos of them and i cant exactly remember how old they are

    The nubs grow into the spurs. They just don't grow as fast as a rooster's. At chick age however, they are all uniformly the same size which is why looking for spurs is not a good way to sex chicks.
     
  8. Nicola

    Nicola Chook Cuddlin' Aussie

    Feb 23, 2009
    ACT
    im not sexing them by that they were already sexed when i bought them i think they were sexed by steggles or something?
     

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