How old does a roo have to be to have spurs?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Hoover67, Sep 9, 2008.

  1. Hoover67

    Hoover67 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I cannot tell the difference between the hens and the roosters. All of my chickens are mutt chickens! When do the spurs show up? Do they get spurs first or crow first?

    I wish I knew more about these chickens!
     
  2. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Crow first, spurs later has been my experience.
     
  3. Hoover67

    Hoover67 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great! [​IMG] I am going to have to figure out which ones need a new home some other way! I just do not want them to start crowing first!
     
  4. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, if they were a specific breed, and not mixed, you could probably guess based on breeder experiences. But with mixed breeds, it's anyone's guess....
     
  5. Hoover67

    Hoover67 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Guess I will be listening for the next one to crow. Thanks for the insight!
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Spurs dont really start coming out till about eight months old, in my experience.
     
  7. krjwaj

    krjwaj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read 8 months or so, too. Our Araucana roo started crowing @ 10 weeks, no spurs.
     
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  8. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Spurs grow at approx a half inch to an inch per year. They are pretty unnoticeable until closer to the first year of age.

    Jody
     
  9. Sunny Girl

    Sunny Girl Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a 25 week Mottled Houdan who has a crazy loud crow and spurs to go with it!
     

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