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What age do spurs start appearing?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Angiebubs, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. Angiebubs

    Angiebubs Songster

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    I have a couple roo's who are aprox 13.5 wks....one is crowing-another that Im still trying to determine m/f is making a crazy croaking noise. (pretty sure its a roo-thick legs, tall but no long tail feathers like the others and personality is like the hens. None of the 4 suspected roos even have bumps for spurs yet. Is this normal? When do the spurs start developing?
     

  2. cupman

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    I believe it takes eight months to a year for the spurs to be developed. As for when they first start appearing I think it's pretty early on.. I've heard veterinarians can remove them as chicks.
     
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2011
  3. poultrycrazy

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    :)
    I am pretty sure chickens have spurs when they hatch they are just very very small and if you look close you can see them
     
  4. debid

    debid Crowing

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    They have tiny little nubs as chicks and those start developing at 6-8 months or so. HOWEVER, some females have spurs so it's not a reliable indicator of gender. In fact, I have two Welsummer pullets with bigger spurs than my EE cockerel has.
     
  5. Angiebubs

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    I can see bumps just like thegirls-just they haven't started developing at all...sounds like its still a few months out. Thanks for the responses!!!
     

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