Hen with spurs

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by lilshadow, Feb 9, 2008.

  1. Churkenduse

    Churkenduse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2008
    Oh great I have all of them,
    rir's. Lakenvelders, and Polish.

    My problem is that my white layers are laying brown, still not have an answer to that one. [​IMG]
  2. pipermark

    pipermark Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2007
    It has become more common in hatchery chickens then it should be. This is a sign of inline breeding without culling, smaller and less frequent egg laying is another, I also think many hatcheries use game birds to add genetic diversity to the line, this too would explain the increase in appearance it hens with spurs. If you search you can see that years ago, people mention seeing this but very infrequently.

    In the last several years, I have yet to have a hatchery order, not produce at least one hen with spurs.
  3. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Aug 30, 2007
    New York State
    My Coop
    One of my hens, a Black Australorp, has spurs. they aren't sharp, but they are pretty big - maybe 1.5 to 2 inches. I've been wondering this question myself for a while. [​IMG] She's old now (3 years) and doesn't lay, but she used to lay an egg everyday, unless she was molting.
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  4. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    I have a WFBS that has spurs. Hers are about 3/4 of inch long. I thought she was a he for the longest time (she was an egg hider).
  5. chickenlisa

    chickenlisa Invincible Summer

    Apr 9, 2007
    I just realized that one of my Silver Spangled Hamburg Hens has spurs today. They are smaller than my Roo's spurs, but they are way larger than all of my other hens.Here she is.....
  6. silkieluvr

    silkieluvr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 20, 2007
    Marin, California
    hahaha, I think it is really cute/funny when hens have spurs! I think it may be sumatras that the hens have spurs because I know the roosters have multiple spurs
  7. ChinaChicks1

    ChinaChicks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 30, 2007
    NE Oklahoma
    No, sumatra hens do not have spurs, although you might catch one once in a while with some just like any other hen. I raise game fowl and they come with their fair share of spurred hens..doesn't make them inferior. Actually get more healthier and vigorous chicks off them.[​IMG]
  8. mychickensrock

    mychickensrock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 2, 2008
    Raleigh, NC
    I am so glad to have found this thread. I just bought 2 Dominiques and one has spurs. They are both supposed to be hens.
  9. beautifulbirds

    beautifulbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH: I got a number of shavers given to me and they had no rooster and interestingly enough the hen that was obviously the 'top hen' and protected the other hens from any intruders (still does) has spurs. She and the others now have a rooster of their own and in the beginning she was the one that fought with the rooster while the others looked on.
  10. livin-green

    livin-green Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2008
    Clay, Alabama
    Still finding use for this thread!

    I just noticed a week or so ago that one of my Danish Brown Leghorns (we ordered 3 of this breed from Ideal--all pullets) has grown short spurs. I was thinking I must have a roo, which I did not want. I'm glad you guys posted about this, because I was thoroughly confused--she's the same size and color as the other two. Plus, at 1 year next month I would expect to have seen roo behavior--crowing, breeding...something--and yet nothing.

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