Help … my hen is growing is growing spurs…

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by olly2611, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. olly2611

    olly2611 New Egg

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    We have a beautiful black Australorp hen. She looks like a hen – we have been told she is hen! She was part of a flock of three backyard hens and is 2 years old. Of that flock she was the lowest of the pecking order. She has never laid and egg but looks healthy and is beautiful looking – very elegant.

    The top chook in the flock died two months ago and this chook (name is Nigella) stepped into the position of top chook.

    Over the last six months her comb has grown larger but most disturbingly she has grown spurs.

    She is quiet and loves a rub and does not display any aggression. She doesn’t crow and still clucks like her ‘sister’. She still looks like a hen – fat and squat and not lean like an Australorp rooster.

    Does anyone have ideas of help? Have we got a Transgendered hen in our flock?
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Some hens do grow small spurs, but your hens sounds like a roo... Can you post a pic of her?
     
  3. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D

    A picture would be very helpful
     
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Yes pictures would help but it sounds like your bird has gone through a hormonal sex change.
     
  5. aaabirdman

    aaabirdman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC from NY[​IMG] yep a pic would b helpful!
     
  6. jbirds2012

    jbirds2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    :frow & :welcome from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  8. theGrizzFan

    theGrizzFan Out Of The Brooder

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    Never saw this in chickens, but my cousin once had a hen wild turkey with a beard and spurs, and she laid eggs. I saw it and would describe the beard and spurs as below average at best. My cousin and his father both kept chickens for many years, (and still do), and both also claimed to have not seen this before. I would venture to guess that if it can happen to turkeys, it might possibly happen to chickens as well.
    Very interesting at the least, so please keep us updated. Thanks and best of luck with your birds.
     
  9. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad to have you aboad. It is not that uncommon. I had a Welsumer hen that had long spurs. Here is is pic. :thumbsup


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  10. TurtlePowerTrav

    TurtlePowerTrav T.K.'s Farm

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    Hi, and my neighbor has some 5 year old Buff Orpingtons with spurs that rival his 3yr old roosters spurs. About 2 inches long.
     

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