One of my hens is growing a spur?

Moochie

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Nov 8, 2010
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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.
 

jennh

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

dawg53

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Nov 27, 2008
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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.
 

extraordinaryfowl

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Sep 6, 2011
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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.
 

ChooksChick

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

aleta hungarian

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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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