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Spurs on roosters

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Rach4, Dec 30, 2016.

  1. Rach4

    Rach4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok so the 6 little chickens we found and rescued have been Identified as Sea-bright bantams, Now our dilemma is we are can't work out when spurs appears on the roosters... can't work out if one is a rooster or not. It has a tiny little red knob on the head, no gullet thing, and no spurs... We think they are about 3-4months (just a guess could be completely off but they are defiantly older then 2months). It's mix bag of chicks to compare to as this one is yellowish tanned color, one is black and for some reason has feathers growing on the outside of it's feet, 2 are black with tan spots and 2 are tan with black spots. But none have a knob on the head, oh and all the legs are skinny sticks and all the tails are the same shape.

    So yeah question is when do the spurs start to grow? Any suggestions many thanks in advance
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Maybe posting pics of the suspect cock bird would help. There should be more obvious signs of gender, rather than spurs, I would have thought.
     
  3. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Spurs usually start at about 4,5,and 6months.My cockerels this years spurs came in at about 4 months, which is somewhat early but it usually takes months for them to grow into a spur that could actually do harm.
     
  4. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    True it should have saddle feathers, hackle feathers etc.
     
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    I agree we need photos, one shot of the head showing comb and wattles and a second showing the profile, posture, tail, and legs. At over two months we should be able to make some pretty good guesses, though some are harder than others.

    Spurs are not a good way to sex a chicken. All chickens, male and female, have spur nubs. Some hens can develop respectable spurs. Cockerels spurs develop at different rates.
     

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