gender trait question...

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by mudpaw, Oct 4, 2009.

  1. mudpaw

    mudpaw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok, something is bugging me. I known some people to id a roo by looking for spur buds, but is this always a reliable way to tell the gender? I have EE chicks and they all have a tiny bud there (please don't say that means they are all roosters [​IMG] )
     
  2. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

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    Roosters won't have full-fledged spurs until they are several months. you will have crowing, comb development, and hackle feathers long before spurs.Don't worry about it!
     
  3. chickendude

    chickendude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mudpaw, all chicks have tiny bumps where the spurs will grow on a rooster. So don't cry just yet. [​IMG]
     
  4. weaveagarden

    weaveagarden Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:More than half of my 20 female chickens (female so far) have spur bumps. Many of the 16 males seem to be developing the starts of a bigger bump. They are 3+ months old right now.... Other indicators are determining gender. But I have to admit the EEs are still leaving me wondering. I hear it may take 6 months or more sometimes with them. But I do have one that has a much darker red comb and is obviously a male in his behavior.
     
  5. cthrash1

    cthrash1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And some females of certain breeds will grow spurs... My Pheonix/game mix has spurs forming at about 1/2 inch long right now.
     
  6. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Spur bumps are no more reliable at determining gender of a chicken than nipples are for determining the sex of a baby mammal.

    They ALL have them.
     
  7. mudpaw

    mudpaw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks everyone! That is so good to know! I guess I'm just hoping too hard for mostly pullets (any roosters will have to be re-homed). I guess I've got quite a while before I see even an inkling of gender differences popping up.
     

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