Do spurs indicate roosters in my future?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Prairie Dawn, Nov 6, 2013.

  1. Prairie Dawn

    Prairie Dawn Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 chicks that are now 6 weeks old. A friend of mine looked at them and noticed they both had, on the back of each leg a little bump. She said the bumps were the beginning development of "spurs" which, she said means they are both roosters. Can anyone confirm that for me as fact? OR - below are photos of them at 2 and1/2 weeks old. Any guesses by looking at their tails???
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  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    those pics are too young to tell, but pretty much all birds have spur buds at this age, male and female. totally not reliable for sexing. At this age, you're looking at comb size/color and leg thickness.
     
  3. Prairie Dawn

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    Oh good! There's still hope for hens! When you say "at this age" are you talking about the photos of them at 2 and ½ wks or the 6wks old that they are now? Thanks for the info!
     
  4. JesNflock

    JesNflock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] They are SO cute! Do you have any recent pics?
     
  5. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

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    Spurs don't tell gender, most roosters are close to a year old before you see the spurs start to grow. All chickens have spur bumps (even hens will have small ones if you look closely) some hens will flat out grow spurs.
     
  6. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Especially game hens..

    Spur bumps are on both genders like everyone else mentioned
     
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    At 6 weeks, comb size and color and leg thickness would be your best indicators of gender. If you have current pics, post them and we should be able to give you a good idea of gender.
     
  8. Prairie Dawn

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    I just snapped these photos. Erza & Lucy will be 7 weeks old on Sunday, Nov 10th. I brought them home from the Fryeburg Fair. The fellow who manages the poultry barn gave them to me. He said that Lucy is an Ameracauna…we'll see! Does this give anyone a better idea of their gender???

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    Lucy in front & a good leg shot of Erza in the back. Lucy



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    Leg shot - Erza in front. Lucy in back. Leg shot - Erza in front, right. Lucy in back.
     
  9. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

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    with those combs and wattles popping up like that at only 7 weeks, I'd lean towards males. Neither is a ameraucana since non have a pea comb.
     
  10. Prairie Dawn

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    Thank you for the input! Ha! Maybe my son needs to start thinking of a name change! Or, I might need to start looking for a new home [​IMG]. Lucy is especially sweet - maybe he'll be a reasonable addition for my two hens, Henny & Penny.

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    Henny (NewHampshire Red) & Penny (Easter Egger)
     

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