I thought all roosters had spurs?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by nikischicks, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. nikischicks

    nikischicks Songster

    Mar 16, 2009
    NE/Mid Ohio
    Is this a no?
  2. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

    Aug 4, 2008
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    I don't know... I've never had or handled all kinds... I will say I DOUBT all have spurs.
  3. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Since some hens have them, I would guess that some roos don't. Haven't owned enough roos to know.
  4. nikischicks

    nikischicks Songster

    Mar 16, 2009
    NE/Mid Ohio
    Heres why I ask.
    I think I have all girls and am pretty sure. Then I look at some of the pics posted here asking what gender their chicks are and when I look at them I am certain one way or another what they are.
    Then I see the anwsers. It is making me second guess that I do have all girls.
    I was hoping the spurs were my fail safe anwser. I have no spurs to be seen. They are 15 weeks old also, I am thinking if we had a rooster in there it would be pretty easy to see now.
  5. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    I have one that has 1 spur..that's it. The other one was not removed, just never grew [​IMG]
  6. ella

    ella Songster

    Most if not all ADULT roosters will have spurs, but it is the last thing that develops on a rooster. 15 weeks old is way too young to have significant spur development.

    My 1 year old roosters spurs are only about an inch long.
  7. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Quote:Yes, all roos have spurs, a very few hens have spurs, and yes, they are about the last thing to develop. My 1 year olds never have spurs that long--maybe at 18 months...but I have mostly silkies. I have a feeling that spurs grow faster on game breeds.
  8. gocrow77

    gocrow77 Crow's Nest

    May 13, 2009
    Central MO
    My one year old Light brahma roo has very small spurs about 1/2 inch nubs really. Never been removed or filed down. He is last spring's chick - so I'm guessing they take awhile to grow. Best wishes!
  9. krazycow6

    krazycow6 Songster

    May 26, 2009
    Zephyrhills, FL
    I just traded off a barred cochin that had almost no spurs at all, he was nearly 3 years old.
  10. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    There are some breeds that will have just nubs for spurs.

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