When do chicks grow spurs?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chichi56788, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. chichi56788

    chichi56788 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was holding my 2 month old silkie who I think is a boy when I felt something weird on his leg. It was a bump just above its 5th toe. He had one on his other leg too. Are these spurs? And does that mean he is a boy? And my other silkie the same age who I thought was a girl did not have any.
     
  2. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    Many girls also have spurs when grown, and spur bumps are on all birds. Most of my males haven't got real spurs until about a year old. Nubs until then, if they're lucky.
     
  3. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You are now about to be very confused!

    Some boys grow them very early....like RIR's. Some girls get them. Some boys just get pathetic little bumps without a claw like my Brahma boys....over a year old.....so much depends on the variety of chicken.

    Sandie
     
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I don't have roos, and have never had a hen grow spurs till this year.
    My older 4-5yo GLW (Head Hen) has grown a spur on one leg only. Kind of surprised to see it.

    Imp
     
  5. chichi56788

    chichi56788 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im just trying to determine which one is a boy and which is a girl. [​IMG] It is going to be harder than I thought
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    With silkies, you may not be sure until the first egg or the first crow. Some silky roosters stay effeminate for a long time. All chicks have spur bumps. Some are just more noticeable than others.
     

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