Hen growing spurs??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by clb, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. clb

    clb New Egg

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    My 3 year old hen has grown spurs! Is there a hormone imbalance involved or is this a freak of nature?

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  2. AKsmama

    AKsmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some hens do have spur bumps normally. How old is she? What breed? Do you have any roosters? (Sometimes the absence of a rooster causes a hen to develop rooster-like characteristics.) But yes, sometimes the latent ovary causes them to have hormonal issues.

    Of course, there's always the question: Are you absolutely sure she's a she? (Trust me, if I didn't ask it, someone else would. We don't think you're dumb, but even experts make mistakes sometimes!)
     
  3. clb

    clb New Egg

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    Well, she's been laying eggs for 3 years. She's now laying very large, sometimes bumpy eggs with blood spots inside. These spurs are now about an inch long. Anything I could give her for hormonal problems?
     
  4. clb

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    Forgot to say she's a Golden Comet, no roosters.
     
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    My sicilian buttercup hen has inch to inch and a half long spurs. It's not all that uncommon.
     
  6. AKsmama

    AKsmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Not to my knowledge.
     

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