Do hens grow spurs?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by BrewedInNh, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. BrewedInNh

    BrewedInNh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry for the really newbie question. We have 6 chickens that are about 12 weeks old. We thought they were all hens, but one of our Leghorns is starting to grow a stub where a spur would be on a roo. Is this normal for a hen, or should we expect to hear crowing at some point?

    I can take some pictures when I get home if needed.
     
  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    Hens can get spurs, too. Usually not as big as rooster spurs, though.

    Pictures would help a lot. [​IMG]
     
  3. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hens have tiny little stubs where spurs would be; more like nubs, actually. In my (limited) chicken experience, it's the combs that are the tell tale markers of gender in chicks. I could tell by around 4 weeks which of mine were little cockerels just by comparing how much bigger and redder their combs were from those of their sisters.
     
  4. BeccaB00

    BeccaB00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes hens grow spurs to. [​IMG] Just not as big as the roosters. [​IMG]
     
  5. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All my hens have bumps but no claw on the end. The size of the bump varies with the chicken breed,

    Sandie
     
  6. BrewedInNh

    BrewedInNh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone, it's a relief to hear. I was beginning to think I'd have to rehome a hen that turned out to be a rooster.

    I know some folks don't think much of how a Leghorn looks, but we like them well enough to want to keep them.

    Oh, I tired to get pictures last night but our camera battery died. Then I tried with my web-cam, but things were moving too fast to get a good shot. [​IMG]
     
  7. GeeVee

    GeeVee Out Of The Brooder

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    We have a delaware hen with BIG spurs (well, 1 big spur, 1 smaller spur)! Kinda strange....but it happens
     
  8. BrewedInNh

    BrewedInNh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It sounds like you might all laugh at the picture of the nub, but we're new to raising chickens and... and the nubs are new. Well, you probably know what I mean.

    Here's the nub. One on each leg.
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    This is the suspect. [​IMG]
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  9. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    I have a few hens with spurs that are downright impressive. [​IMG]
     
  10. iluvsedward

    iluvsedward Overrun With Chickens

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    hint hint the name? youhoo! [​IMG] all hens have little ones like that but make sure they dont get bigger
     

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