I currently have four hens. Two Rhode Island Reds and two Barred Rocks. They have been with us for a few years, and they are older. I know they are all hens. Today we were out back dusting them for mites. My husband was hold one of my Barred Rocks, and we noticed she had spur-like growths on the back of her leg. As my husband and I were wondering why the heck our hen has a spur (the other Barred Rock does not), she started flapping and flew away from him. When we picked her up, the spur was broken. It had a cone-like piece that was sort of hollow, growing almost like a cap over another pointed spur. The cap was broken off and dangling by a little piece. I gave it a slight pull and it came off. She is bleeding a decent amount, and she seems to be sort of limping. I put Bacitracin (anti-biotic cream) on it. Will she heal? Is this okay? Why does she have spurs? And is it okay for spurs to break off like that?