spurs on hen

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by pokey, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. pokey

    pokey Warrior Princess

    Jun 1, 2008
    upstate
    okay, i am hoping someone out there can tell me why my polish hen has spurs?not big, but spurs.and i am sure its a hen, or i need to call the news cause then i'd have a roo that lays eggs!!![​IMG] she is full white crested black polish.
     
  2. purr

    purr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2008
    east freetown, ma
    oh now I want to go wake up my girls and see if they have spurs.
    I'll let you know tomorrow but I think some hens depending on breed can have spurs
     
  3. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    It just happens sometimes. I have a Game/EE mix that has 1.5" long spurs.

    Matt
     
  4. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Sometimes when there is no rooster a hen will take on that role, even physically growing spurs.

    I have a RIR hen that grew up with nothing but hens and she has spurs.
     
  5. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2007
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    I have a welsummer pullet who as only been laying for about a month has started growing spurs.
     
  6. Drews Ma

    Drews Ma Out Of The Brooder

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    Our Polish hen has spurs as well. She is a great little egg layer [​IMG]

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  7. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    My Hamburg hen had spurs and she was only three years old and lays well.
     
  8. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I've seen game hens with long sharp spurs. I've also noted that when they got broody... sometimes there would be cracked eggs.

    Edited to say: We usually cut long spurs off of the game hens.
     
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  9. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

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    It's normal and genetic. Nothing to do with presence or absence of roosters.

    Most spurs on hens are smaller although hens with full sized spurs are not that uncommon- I had an spangled Hamburg with full sized(as in same size as a rooster's) spurs a long time ago.. did not affect her egg laying or broodiness although she did break some eggs.

    My current Kraienkoppes seem to have a very high tendency for spurred hens, every one I raised grew spurs.. Also like the other person, I reduce them so they don't break the eggs.
     
  10. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Quote:There are several members here that have had hens as much as 3 years old suddenly grow spurs after their rooster died, and though I don't have any links handy research has been done on the subject. Hens who make this trans-gender switch have also been known to start crowing, while still laying eggs everyday.

    There is no doubt that there are cases where genetics are the only factor to influence spur growth in hens, but genetics are not the only factor in every case.
     
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