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Can you cut roosters spurs?????

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Hello Everyone,

I was wondering if it is possible to cut/trim a roosters spurs. They have gotten so long and they are tearing up the poor girls. He is the only rooster that is free ranging with about 15 hens. I have one other rooster but he is in a pen with his girls and does not free range. The rooster who's name is Howard is a good rooster but he can be rough on the girls. This is from previous competition with another rooster that we did get rid of.

Thought if his spurs were trimmed/cut then he wouldn't hurt the girls as much. He is a big boy, too. If you can trim them how would you go about it?

post #2 of 6

I did my little Sebright Roo's with the Dog Nail clippers. It didn't hurt him at all. I just did it about half of the length

post #3 of 6

yes you can , Just grab some pliers and hold the foot or have some one else hold him and just grab the spur with the pliers and twist, they should come right off, no pain

post #4 of 6

I thought I had read somewhere that they have to be done a certain way, and they will bleed if cut too short, kind of like dogs nails....let me keep looking...stay tuned for more info. and from where I got it... caf

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Trimming Spurs;

Trimming spurs is very common and most easily accomplished with the use of a Dremmel tool and cut off wheel. Get someone to hold the bird, cut the spur 3/8ths-1/2" out from the leg. The heat from the wheel usually cauterizes the root, but if bleeding occurs, pressure on the spot will stop it in a few minutes. Twisting the hard part off works also as prescribed above, but it leaves a weapon to harden in a few days. The Dremmel tool is the best method and easy.

The cock will struggle a little, but once he is on the ground will act as if nothing happened. Since chickens do not feel pain in the same way other animals do, I have concluded that the struggle is caused by the unfamiliar buzzing of the tool and resistance to being manipulated.

Orrrr, you can do it like this guy. Both methods are valid and commonly done......Pop

Spur Video;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEJv4KvIog8

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In God We Trust

Siyah Rampuri Asil, White Chinese, Emden, and African Geese, Guineas, a Rottweiler (Bella), and a Yellow Lab (Booger). Fifty five years with chickens and still learning.

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Originally Posted by Lollipop 

Trimming Spurs;

Trimming spurs is very common and most easily accomplished with the use of a Dremmel tool and cut off wheel. Get someone to hold the bird, cut the spur 3/8ths-1/2" out from the leg. The heat from the wheel usually cauterizes the root, but if bleeding occurs, pressure on the spot will stop it in a few minutes. Twisting the hard part off works also as prescribed above, but it leaves a weapon to harden in a few days. The Dremmel tool is the best method and easy.

The cock will struggle a little, but once he is on the ground will act as if nothing happened. Since chickens do not feel pain in the same way other animals do, I have concluded that the struggle is caused by the unfamiliar buzzing of the tool and resistance to being manipulated.

Orrrr, you can do it like this guy. Both methods are valid and commonly done......Pop

Spur Video;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEJv4KvIog8


Great Video! Thanks for sharing.

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