Weird Hen with spurs? rooster?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Crazyhenlady, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. Crazyhenlady

    Crazyhenlady Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 8, 2012
    Everett, Wa
    Awhile back I had a little Brown Leghorn who was over a year old. I had her for 3 weeks and she was a little trouble maker so I gave her away for "free" on craigslist.It was winter so I wasn't expecting a lot of eggs but thought she may have laid one or two but wasn't 100% I ran into the woman who I gave the "hen" to and she said the hen is a rooster because it has spurs. Neither one of us ever saw it crow or try to mate. It had NO other characteristics of a rooster besides the spurs. Any ideas of why this could be?
  2. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    Some hens have spurs. I bought 4 Welsummer pullet chicks from the same guy and all 4 developed spurs in the first year. Not tiny nubs, either... This girl isn't even a year old yet and she's the mid-size spur wielder of the group:


    The thing with Brown Leghorns (and Welsummers) is that the body coloring is completely different in males and females. That is what you go by, not whether she happens to have spurs. The above chicken lays big, beautiful terracotta eggs with speckles on a regular basis.
  3. Crazyhenlady

    Crazyhenlady Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 8, 2012
    Everett, Wa
    That's what I thought. I told the woman that and she insisted that it wouldn't have spurs. It looked nothing like a BLH rooster but then I started to question if it was even really a Leghorn and maybe some other breed. She gave the "rooster" away but I still think it was a hen. She had a lot of chickens so she probably didnt notice if she was laying or not.
  4. Highlander

    Highlander Tartan Terror

    Oct 1, 2008
    She was probably older than 1 when you got her, which would explain both the spurs and the lack of eggs.
  5. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    Spurs or no spurs, a BL rooster is OBVIOUS.
  6. Crazyhenlady

    Crazyhenlady Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 8, 2012
    Everett, Wa
    I started to think she was right because she was a true farm girl who had chickens for years and a lot of them. Just wanted confirmation that I was right to think (know) she was a hen.:)
  7. Crazyhenlady

    Crazyhenlady Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 8, 2012
    Everett, Wa
    Ya, you're probably right!
  8. goosehead

    goosehead Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 22, 2011
    Right here
    When we started with chickens we had some hamburgs. We thought one was a rooster cause it had spurs, and one day she laid an egg.
    So you have two options, a rooster lays eggs (well probably not [​IMG])
    or girl chicken CAN have spurs ( right answer )
    My neighbor down the road has some girls with spurs.

    Yes hens/pullets can have spurs!! [​IMG]
  9. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 14, 2011
    if you have a pic of her i would love to see for the spur issue yes hens can have spurs although i have mainly seen them only on game hens and once or twice on none games. roosters are very obivious with their hackles, saddles, and sickle feathers (unless ur looking at a seabright lol).
  10. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 25, 2010
    Kansas City
    My white leghorn has a fairly impressive set of spurs. She also lays an egg every day almost.

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