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#75014 - 02/29/04 06:07 PM Can hens have spurs?
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Feather

Registered: 01/16/04
Posts: 24
Loc: Oregon
One of the two adult hens I recently adopted has a spur but only on one leg. It is supposed to be a female, looks like a female, is definitely not a rooster by any other criteria, but has a spur on one leg. It is a Hamburg. I'm sure the answer to this is that hens can sometimes develop spurs, but am looking for confirmation. Thanks.

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#75015 - 03/01/04 05:07 AM Re: Can hens have spurs?
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I had a golden comet hen once that had a 1/2 to 3/4 inch spur on each leg. She was one of my best egg layers.

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#75016 - 03/01/04 05:23 AM Re: Can hens have spurs?
Rhea Dean Carter Offline
Lord of the Fowl

Registered: 07/24/03
Posts: 1379
Loc: Tennessee
Yes, hens will develop spurs just like roosters. I saw a pair of Welsumers hens in Lucasville, Ohio, back in October; and they had spurs approximately 1 inch long. One of my blue Ameraucana pullets, who is approximately 1 year old, is already developing spurs. They're about 1/4 inch long.

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#75017 - 03/01/04 05:24 AM Re: Can hens have spurs?
D. Caveny Offline
Ruler of the Roost

Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 1102
Loc: Arizona
Many hens have spurs....they have nothing to do with egg production ability. Spurs are an autosomal characteristic which is present in some lines and not in others.

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#75018 - 03/01/04 07:31 PM Re: Can hens have spurs?
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Feather

Registered: 01/16/04
Posts: 24
Loc: Oregon
Thanks to you all for confirming my suspicions. I'll no longer look at her as a confused him!

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