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How do I de-spur a rooster?

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My neighbor has a handsome 14 month old RIR rooster who is gentle toward his 10 RIR girls and human mom and daughter. He is viscious toward his human dad and son and attacks mercilessly whenever either human male vetures near the flock when they free-range or they enter the coop to collect eggs.

Any suggestions on how to humanely remove the spurs?

"Red" is much loved by the family (and they shed tears at the prospect of re-homing him or letting me broil him) but they just can't risk the two children getting hurt by his typical rooster behavior.

Thanks!


Edited by katie4 - 4/21/11 at 1:27pm
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If you have strong fingers, or you can use some pliers, just grasp the spur at the base close to the shank. Twist back and forth very gently until you feel the spur loosen. Then twist until it just lifts off.

You can also heat up a potato in the microwave, place the hot potato onto the spur, wait one minute and lift it off. The heat will have loosened the spur and it can be easily lifted off.

There should be little or no blood, and the roo should feel nothing. A little antibiotic ointment on the nub should protect it until it hardens in a day or so. It will slowly grow back, but will take over a year.

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One matronly and regal Light Brahma hen, two Silver-laced Wyandotte hens, two Gold-laced Wyandotte hens, one Black Cochin hen, two EE hens, one timid Buff Brahma hen, four obnoxious Speckled Sussex hens, five Welsummer hens, and one twenty-year old cat who is wary of all of them.
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Many use a dreml tool, saying the heat from the tool stops bleeding.

I don't think there is a painless way, but it doesn't seem to bother them much if you don't try to cut it down to the leg.  No doubt a search would reveal several other methods.  I've read that the potato method does not work well -- have not tried it, though.

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Ventilation -- may be the most important aspect of coop design

BYC Troubleshooting article -- click here

Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.

14 hatchery and mutt hens

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I've always heard to use the hot potato.  I've never tried it though, so I couldn't speak to its efficacy.

1 DH, 2 DDs, 2 dogs, 2 cats, Future chicken outlaw.

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1 DH, 2 DDs, 2 dogs, 2 cats, Future chicken outlaw.

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