Do only Roos have spurs?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by catmech, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. catmech

    catmech New Egg

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    I have several Barred Rocks. I noticed that one that I thought was a hen has spurs. Do only Roosters have spurs or do some hens have them too?
     
  2. HorseFeathers

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    No. Hens can have them too, especially on game birds.
     
  3. HorseFeathers

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    Oh, and [​IMG]
     
  4. mikarod

    mikarod Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nope...hens have them too and apparently the spurs are genetic on the females.
     
  5. wclawrence

    wclawrence Chillin' With My Peeps

    It is genetic, or at least can be.
    I had one rooster who produced many hens with spurs, most of them in fact.
    I think it is related to hormone levels in some cases, too.
     
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Yep, I agree, I have an OEGB hen that has spurs about an inch long.
     
  7. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My oldest hen has some pretty long spurs.About an inch and a half.Nothing has tried to eat
    her [​IMG]
     
  8. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:Sorry to go off topic, but that poor turkey in your avatar! Was that an actual photo, or is it photoshopped?
     
  9. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Sorry to go off topic, but that poor turkey in your avatar! Was that an actual photo, or is it photoshopped?

    [​IMG] I don't really know [​IMG]
    I found it on google.
     
  10. GardenerGal

    GardenerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an old RIR hen with big honkin' spurs. She's seven now, but she had them when I got her and she was three years old, so they can get them when they're young. It may be a hormone thing like hens crowing.
     

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