"Hen" over a year old growing spurs??

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by amysflock, Sep 1, 2008.

  1. amysflock

    amysflock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have 11 chickens total, five of which are red stars from my MIL. We thought they were all hens...but this weeked I noticed after spending more than my usual amount of time looking and talking to the chickens at chicken level, that one of them has spurs! He/she looks like a little hen, no saddle feathers or anything amazing to see, but definitely has spurs, about 1/2 inch long. I just had him/her upside down and the vent looks like a layers...I'm so confused!

    Can a roo over a year old have such small spurs and no other male signs? I've heard of hens acting dominant, like a roo...can a girl grow spurs? (This isn't the most dominant bird of this flock of 7, either, so that's even weirder.)

    Thanks!
     
  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Sounds like you have a hen with spurs.

    They aren't real common, but it does happen.

    I have an RIR hen who lays everyday and has 1/2" long spurs.
     
  3. reallemons1

    reallemons1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some hens get spurs. I have had several. They don't act different in any other way, just have spurs.
     
  4. fancyfowl4ever

    fancyfowl4ever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hens can grow spurs, esspecially dominant ones.
     

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