Rooster question

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by JEB NC 10, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. JEB NC 10

    JEB NC 10 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 13, 2011
    First of all, my apologies if I'm posting this in the wrong section. As I'm trying to "manage" my flock, I figured I'd start here.

    My question is this - at what age should any roosters I may have start to show signs of spurs?

    I had a hen hatch out 8 chicks this past July 3rd/4th. I'm trying to get my flock back down to a more managible size (which for our situation/needs is 6 hens, not the current 12 chickens total we now have). So I've made arrangements for any of the 8 new chicks that turn out to be roos to go live on a friends farm. So, here we are with eight 15-week old chicks that I'd like to start wittling things down a bit.

  2. Evelle

    Evelle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2011
    North Idaho
    what kind of chicken is it
    fast feather breeds such as leghorns mature faster than a slower one like a barred rock
    anywhere between 4 to 6 months id say
  3. superchemicalgirl

    superchemicalgirl HEN PECKED

    Jan 10, 2010
    Vacationland, Maine
    You'll have red wattles, saddle and hackle feathers before any signs of spurs. If they're 3 months old we can certainly tell if they're pullets or cockerals for you for sure.

    Post their pictures (full body, side) in what breed or gender is this? section.
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2011
  4. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    You might find this handy:

    that age you may be able to figure it out on your own just looking at pics in What Breed or Gender is This? Cockerels should have redder combs and wattles til the pullets near point of lay. It does vary with breed. And hens do get spurs, sometimes.
  5. stcroixusvi

    stcroixusvi Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2011
    Western NC
    My Coop
    Quote:Yes, for sure. Ours are just now getting spurs but we've known they were roosters for a long time. It will depend on breed. Some are sex linked with color being the easy way to tell as chicks. We had a polish chicken that behaved like a rooster from day 1 and now, at 22 weeks, is clearly the head guy in charge. The others took some time to reveal themselves.
  6. cravenchx

    cravenchx Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2011
    Piedmont of NC
    OK, BYC is as addicting as my chickens.
    I was just sitting down to ask a ? about spurs....
    and here it is.
    However, one more question....
    Some of my chickens, (I sure hope they are pullets)
    look like they may have the bud of a spur. So this
    is possible, or am I waiting on eggs that are never
    coming? 18 weeks old
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Both pullets and cockerels will have spur buds.
  8. cravenchx

    cravenchx Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2011
    Piedmont of NC
    Quote:[​IMG] WHEW!!

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