Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by sandyj, Dec 6, 2008.

  1. sandyj

    sandyj Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 3, 2008
    St.Paul, Minnesota
    When do roosters get that sharp hook(or what ever it is) on the back of their foot? Can you tell male or female by looking to see if there is one, or don't all roosters have them?

    Sandy J.
  2. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    That's a spur. Hens sometimes have them too, especially game birds.
  3. mikarod

    mikarod Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 28, 2008
    Some females have them also. Mediterannean breeds have them alot of the's genetic.

    They're called spurs. Generally speaking, the males tend to have larger ones than females, but again...there's always that oddball. They start growing them around 6 months old and have a little "bump" around 9 months's larger than a bump but smaller than a a spump? LOL
  4. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    I thought one of my hens was a rooster because her spur was larger than my rooster's.I found out she wasn' when she layed a egg.
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I am not a fan of spurs... I got one in the leg once when I was a kid. If I were allowed to have roos and they had spurs (hen or roo) I would remove them. (carefully)

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