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Q: What is a chicken's spur?

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A spur is a horny growth on a chicken's legs, right above the toes. In most breeds, roosters are the only ones who grow spurs. Roosters use their spurs as weapons.

Rooster spurs
Rooster spur

Older hens can sometimes grow spurs, too. In baby chicks, you can usually see small spur buds in both males and females.



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