my hen has spurs?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by tyler2740, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. tyler2740

    tyler2740 In the Brooder

    Jul 18, 2011
    small town
    Ive never seen a hen with spurs? What is this and why? Thanks
  2. Greetings! This is caused by the multiple spurs gene. Bow Lake fowl have it, too. Is this hen a Sumatra? Sumatras are the Black, gypsy-faced Longtails. They carry Multiple spurs. Those are the only one I can think of, unless your hen is just a spontaneous mutant? (That's when a true-breeding flock produces a bird with a strange roster of genes that is really unexplicable)
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2012
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    I have had several hens with spurs. It's not uncommon. I've had a black Orp hen and her blue Orp mother with respectable spurs, a Speckled Sussex with one spur, an older RIR who developed them late in her life, and a half Ameraucana with obvious Sumatra ancestry with big black spurs.
  4. I think if you breed from them, you will get more of them like that. I know it's a spontaneous gene, but I can't for the life of me remember how it works. To Edelras, away!...
  5. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    When any female hen has spurs, it is passed down to her daughters. Not all of them would have it but majority will.

    Some breeders would say the hens that has spurs would make GOOD sons so they are worthy if you want better roos LOL! I can not vouch if it is true but what I know, it IS inherited from mother to daughter. If the daughter didn't ahve it, bred to a roo whose mother has the spurs, you can say it will occur in her offsprings too.

    Most breeders don't like hens with spurs but I say it depends on the hen herself and what she is good in and if she has some esteeming qualities that outweighs the non spurred female.
  6. culler

    culler Chirping

    Jan 8, 2012
    Most old school Gamefowl Breeders will not breed to a female that does not have spurs.

    NYREDS Crowing

    Jan 14, 2008
    Misread the quote-sorry
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2012
  8. Bullitt

    Bullitt Songster

    Jan 16, 2012
    I think you misunderstood. Culler mentioned that game fowl breeders like hens with spurs.

    I am guessing this may have had something to do with cock fighting. But I could be wrong.
  9. culler

    culler Chirping

    Jan 8, 2012
    Reds, Take another look at my post. The old Gamefowl breeders would not breed to a female without spurs. I have long history with Gamefowl and have known some of the great breeders.

  10. hdowden

    hdowden Crowing

    Aug 14, 2011
    do you have a pic of the hen in question with the spurs. i know hens can get spurs (even bigger ones than roosters) exspecially games.

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