One of my hens is growing a spur?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Moochie, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. Moochie

    Moochie Songster

    Nov 8, 2010
    North Edwards
    It looks like one of my BR hens is growing a dull spur out of her right leg. She is a hen though, I've seen her laying and she looks pretty hen-like.
    Is this common?

    I can't get a good picture because unfortunately she doesn't like people very much.
  2. jennh

    jennh Songster

    Jun 21, 2007
    This is actually quite common. My Wendy Welsummer has killer spurs!! So glad she doesn't use them!
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Glen St Mary, Florida
    Quote:My biggest Barred Rock hen has 1/2 inch spurs...she lays an egg just about every day and she's very henly. My rooster mates with her as well.
  4. extraordinaryfowl

    extraordinaryfowl Songster

    Sep 6, 2011
    Lancaster, PA
    A lot of hens will develop a round stub, like a fifth nail on their legs. It is less common for that bump to actually develop into a spur, but it can happen. One of my White Bantam long-tail hens is developing flimsy 1/2-3/4 inch spurs. So yes, it can happen.
  5. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    This isn't uncommon. Just keep an eye on it, because sometimes hen spurs can grow curved and cut into their feet.
  6. Terri O

    Terri O Crowing

    Yup--what Chooks chick said! I have a Buff Orp that has spurs that are so curved they make a full circle! I have to trim them often. Terri O
  7. aleta hungarian

    aleta hungarian Hatching

    Sep 10, 2011
    aleta hungarian here, new member. was member YEARS ago at the poultry connection and forum. glad i found this new one. note: have 25+ hens. a year after my rooster cogburn died of old age, a brave fellow he was, one of my arucanna hens started trying to crow and did grow on each leg a spir. hear her every now and again crowing,sort of. heard that will happen in a flock. just an experience i have. thanks.

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