Do pullets get spur "bumps?"

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lisahaschickens, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. lisahaschickens

    lisahaschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    I am raising my first batch of chicks and they are just over 6 weeks old now. My favorite EE girl (the only one that really likes to be held and petted) was on my lap today and I noticed that she has a tiny bump on each leg where I think spurs would grow. Do females get these too? They are so tiny that I would have to hold the others to look and that's not happening.

    I am just hoping that she's really a girl is all. I already believe I have more roos than I'll be able to keep in my batch of straight-run Marans. My EEs and Buff Orps are supposed to be all pullets, but I know the hatcheries can make mistakes. She really does seem feminine.
     
  2. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    I have 2 ee bantam hens and they both got them too [​IMG]
     
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  3. lisahaschickens

    lisahaschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    oh yay! Thanks, that makes me feel better. I really don't think she's a boy, but that kinda worried me.
     
  4. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup! All hens have spurs, but they're not as pronounced as a male's spurs. There's a round scales that bubbles slightly above the heel, that's the hen spur. There's a recessive trait that causes hens to grow spurs like a male's, it's common in EEs.
     
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  5. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    My SSHB girls do have them too! Nothing to worry about.
     
  6. lisahaschickens

    lisahaschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    Yay! Thanks everyone!
     

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