How big are the spurs on a 6 week old rooster?

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

  1. Iloveourbabychick

    Iloveourbabychick Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 29, 2008
    I'm just wondering....Does anyone happen to know how big they would be on a rooster at the age of 6 weeks?
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    You can't tell much from spur length in chicks until after they hit sexual maturity. Is that what you're asking?

    Both sexes will have spur bumps from an early age, and you can't really use the length or size of the spur buds to determine gender. You'll know from the secondary sex characteristics (feather patterns, crowing, etc) before you'll know from the spur length.
  3. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Exactly what Arlee is telling you...Roosters don't start growing their spurs til they reach around 9 or 10 months old...some alittle sooner some later...

    All chicks have the nubs on their legs....
  4. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    There won't be anything there except for a tiny, tiny nub, if that.
  5. porteryork

    porteryork Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2008
    Clarkesville, GA
    My BLRW roo didn't start to have spurs until last week - week 20! That is one of the reasons I was convinced he was a she!

    Be patient and look for the tail feathers. Long sickle feathers are tell tale.
  6. jakmallex

    jakmallex Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2008
    Look at the spurs on this guy at week 12! They are almost the same size as the ones on my 11 month old.


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