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My roo, Big Daddy had a three inch spur that  caused him problems with walking and interfered with his love life.  I thought about taking him to the vet,  but cost and trying to find a vet that treats chickens made me rethink my plan.  God Bless the internet and Backyard chickens.  These two sources gave me many methods on how to do this.  Last night I removed the spur with little difficulty and very little pain if any to my rooster.  It took me less than thirty minutes to set everything up and remove it.  I am so proud of myself but  I must admit it was scary  

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My Cockerel doesn't have spurs yet, but I'm sure he will someday.

 

Which method did you use?

 

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I'm torn on this myself. Mine doesn't have them yet, but he has the nubs and they're growing (he's 7mos). I need to find a good method so I would love to hear how you did it. My cockerel doesn't care much for being held, but seeing as he has already attempted to spur 2 people (NOT me) I see it being an issue to have them, so I will catch him when time comes.

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I should have titled this removing the spur, instead of trimming.  The spur has an outer cover like the nail that covers your finger, that is what you remove.  Big Daddy doesn't like to be held either, so I did this at night, much easier to catch him when he is asleep.  After I wrapped him in a towel and covered his head, I took a pair of plyers and gently made twisting motions around the spur until you hear a little pop.  The outer cover just pulls right off exposing a much smaller spur.  Very little blood and there seemed to be no pain.  The video said that in a few days the cover or nail will grow back over the smaller spur.  It took four years for it to get that long, so it sounds like it will be awhile before you have to do this.  I found this method on U Tube after researching several other ways , such as using a saw to cut the entire thing off, that seemed cruel and painful to me.  The next morning he was walking around crowing like nothing had happened.  Good luck​

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I should have titled this removing the spur, instead of trimming.  The spur has an outer cover like the nail that covers your finger, that is what you remove.  Big Daddy doesn't like to be held either, so I did this at night, much easier to catch him when he is asleep.  After I wrapped him in a towel and covered his head, I took a pair of plyers and gently made twisting motions around the spur until you hear a little pop.  The outer cover just pulls right off exposing a much smaller spur.  Very little blood and there seemed to be no pain.  The video said that in a few days the cover or nail will grow back over the smaller spur.  It took four years for it to get that long, so it sounds like it will be awhile before you have to do this.  I found this method on U Tube after researching several other ways , such as using a saw to cut the entire thing off, that seemed cruel and painful to me.  The next morning he was walking around crowing like nothing had happened.  Good luck​

Glad you posted this, I noticed my boys spurs are getting awfully long and that I may choose/need to 'shorten' them.

Would like to hear any observation on how the remaining appendage heals up and if you have any problems.

 

Any change you've got before and after pics?

Did you put anything on whatever was under the cover?

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

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"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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I should have titled this removing the spur, instead of trimming.  The spur has an outer cover like the nail that covers your finger, that is what you remove.  Big Daddy doesn't like to be held either, so I did this at night, much easier to catch him when he is asleep.  After I wrapped him in a towel and covered his head, I took a pair of plyers and gently made twisting motions around the spur until you hear a little pop.  The outer cover just pulls right off exposing a much smaller spur.  Very little blood and there seemed to be no pain.  The video said that in a few days the cover or nail will grow back over the smaller spur.  It took four years for it to get that long, so it sounds like it will be awhile before you have to do this.  I found this method on U Tube after researching several other ways , such as using a saw to cut the entire thing off, that seemed cruel and painful to me.  The next morning he was walking around crowing like nothing had happened.  Good luck​ 

Thanks! I'll just continue to keep an eye on it then for now. :)

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