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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Frozen Feathers, May 16, 2007.

  1. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    Of any breeds where the hens might have spurs?? I have what is supposed to be a Black white-faced Spanish, it doesn't have a rooster tail, I've never seen it crow, I've never seen it in the nest box, and my Phoenix has mounted it, but it has spurs... it's over a year old. I'm confused. I will get a pic on here.
    I want to add that I've never seen it "dance" for any girls either...
     
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  2. ella

    ella Chillin' With My Peeps

  3. michellerene

    michellerene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, that is really, really bizarre & interesting!
     
  4. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    I wouldn't worry about it. Our White Faced Black Spanish girl is just under 1 year old. She has small spurs. I've checked my pictures of her but don't have a clear recent pic showing them. I'll try and get you a pic, if you think it would help.
     
  5. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    I don't know why, but I was always under the impression that spurs=boy. None of my other girls have them. My Americaunas do have little bumps, nothing bigger then a pimple, but I didn't think they could become so prominent. Thanks for they help, everyone!
     
  6. cookinmom

    cookinmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That is very strange. I think I'm gonna be a bit PO'd if one of my girls does that!
     
  7. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    Okay finally got batteries for the camera. You can't see "it's" feet and this is the best pic I could take today, sorta in a hurry.

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    The black one in the foreground is the chicken in question. Does anyone have any Black white-faced spanish pics so I can compare?? This chicken is 13 months old.
     
  8. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    Here is a pic of Eleanor, our White Faced Black Spanish. She is just under 12 months old. She has tiny spurs.

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    For comparison purposes, they are the same size as the spurs on Lady Bird, our Golden Penciled Hamburg. Both are the same age.

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  9. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I have two buttercup hens that put some roos' spurs to shame. I also have some Spitz hens with spurs and I just noticed some on one of my Brabanter pullets.

    Spurs on hens can also be the result of genetics or inbreeding.
     
  10. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    Thanks keljonma, for the pic. Actually my Spanish's spurs are very similar in size to your Hamburg. Okay, I feel better now, most certain it's a girl. I'd much rather keep an odd hen around then an odd roo. I guess some hens just can't lay eggs, like some people are infertile?? Or maybe she hides them really, really, well!
    I wish my girl had a whiter face, like yours, though. It's always something... [​IMG]

    And thanks everyone else, too, for the reassurance [​IMG]
     

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