I hear that. My girls love when I have hay in the run for them.
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First year we've ever used hay so I've never had the pleasure. I figured I would rake it out if I had to, but since we have portable houses, I was hoping that the mud in our pasture would dry up by summer so that I could move them and not have to worry about it. It doesn't sound fun to try to get it out after the chickens have tramped it down.
I use dog nail clippers. Have to be careful not to cut the quick - they bleed badly. Some styptic powder or even flour works to help stop the bleeding.
You can get large dog nippers. They are sometimes hard to find though if most folks have little foo-foo dogs in your area. It took me a while to find the ones we needed for our big spurred boys so I used the biggest ones I could find and just cut small angled cuts to get the spur worn down. to just above the quick.
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Not personal experience, but search on BYC - I saw a description and a video where you take hold of the spur with a pair of needle nose pliers and gently twist back and forth until the outer sheath of the spur pops loose. What's left is still spur-shaped, but a lot shorter. Minimal bleeding (but you can have styptic powder on hand in case). Looked straight forward and painless. That's how I'm going to do it when/if I have to.
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