Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kscottjoyce, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. kscottjoyce

    kscottjoyce Chirping

    Feb 22, 2011
    Just wondering if anyone know when spurs start to develop on a rooster?
  2. Crack N' Egg

    Crack N' Egg Songster

    Jul 29, 2009
    Flemington, NJ
    You should start noticing nubs in a couple of months. They won't grow full spurs until almost a year. I have a 9 month SLW x and his are only half the length they will be. It takes a while.
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    At 5 months old, they'll be small little nubs. At 8 months old they'll be a little bigger. By 10 months old they should be able to injure someone, and a little beyond a year, they should be an inch long or more. After 2 years and we're talking beautifully dangerous weapons. [​IMG]

    Hens with spurs (yes, some hens can have spurs) will develop them to a maximum of an inch long by 1-2 years old. Sometimes you don't notice much development at all until then.

    Some breeds take longer, too. Oriental Gamefowl don't get much of anything until a year old. Before then, they're just small little nubs.

    edited to add - 9 months old is NOT a "halfway mark" unless you're getting rid of your chickens at 1-2 years old. The spurs of a rooster will continue to grow and grow well beyond 2 years old. Some are far over 3 inches long, some curl up and back towards the leg.
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2011

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