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Do Hens have spurs?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by elle357, May 15, 2010.

  1. elle357

    elle357 Out Of The Brooder

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    We just noticed one of our 'hens' seems to have sharp spurs growing. I thought only roosters had spurs? DOes anyone know?
     
  2. Break an Egg

    Break an Egg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2008
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    Some hens grow spurs, what breed is she?
     
  3. cochin44

    cochin44 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have four hens that have old English game in them and they have huge spurs.
     
  4. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    Yes, I've had hens from Asiatic, Mediterranean, American classes have them.
     
  5. lovinlife

    lovinlife Chillin' With My Peeps

    My RIR hen has very long spurs. Freaky. I'll see if I can get a pic to show you.
     
  6. Yogaliciouschick

    Yogaliciouschick Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a buttercup that has huge spurs, I believe they bigger then my Roo's. And she uses them on him when he gets to frisky!
     
  7. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    Here is a pic of my welsummer hen that has spurs.
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  8. Cluck-a-Doodle-Doo

    Cluck-a-Doodle-Doo Out Of The Brooder

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    We just got rid of a pair of red sex-link hens that were several years old. Each one had a 1 1/2 inch long spur on one leg only.
     
  9. Highlandlady

    Highlandlady New Egg

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    I have amongst my other hens four Black Rocks that I have raised since they were week old chicks. I bought them from a breeder/agent. Only today did I notice one of them has spurs. I've never owned a cockerel (rooster) so have nothing to compare her with. They don't all lay on the same day so I have no way of knowing for sure if she is laying, unless I separate her from the others. I found this forum when I searched to see if hens could have spurs.....and from what others say, it seems they can? The four of them are always together and I have never seen any signs of her trying to dominate or mount any of the others so can I safely assume she is indeed simply a hen with spurs?
     
  10. aSliceOfLife

    aSliceOfLife Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a buttercup with only one extremely long spur. I have to trim it down every six or so months. It can be up to 4 inches long. Good to see other people have the same problem, because I thought she was a freak of nature.
     

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