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baked potato to remove spur????

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hi was wondering if anyones tryed the baked potato way of removing spurs.i`ve heard of it but i don`t want to try it till i know if its a good way and exactly how its done smile

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Yep, my grandfather used to rope me into helping him with de-spur his roos all the time when I was young.  He used the potato method, and I personally think it's one of the better ways to do it as it doesn't bleed like other methods may cause, and the birds seem to not be in any pain during the procedure.

Here's a really good step by step guide:

http://www.ehow.com/how_8156470_trim-roosters-spurs.html

The only thing I would add to the guide is a couple of items to make your life easier: 

1,) wrap your rooster in a towel, such that it covers his eyes (leave room for him to breathe though), and has his legs sticking out.  This will keep him from struggling from being held too long.

2.) Make sure your potato does not touch the rooster's leg, just the spur.  You can wrap the leg in a seperate towell, with spur exposed,  if you want to be extra sure you don't accidentally burn the leg.

"It's easy. You draw a red line on the ground, right? Then you wait for a chicken to come along. When he arrives, he puts his beak right on the line and he's hypnotized!"
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"It's easy. You draw a red line on the ground, right? Then you wait for a chicken to come along. When he arrives, he puts his beak right on the line and he's hypnotized!"
Joey Santiago
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post #3 of 5
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great link smile i`d heard of it but never knew how or if it worked.now i know smile thanks big_smilebig_smile

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Between incubating eggs in bras and baked potato spur removal...... yall are the Encyclopedia Britanica of the chicken world!   bow

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Member of the Derperella Club-- We're just all goin' round' the rooster, here

Single Mom to The Cane Sisters: Candy & Benzo (EE), Nova & Sola (S.Sussex), Raisin & Citizen (SLW), Ameri & Ineeda (JGx), Lido (BLRW) + 1 horse, 3 dogs and 4 dumpcats

My Coop Building Page http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/670830/the-shed-is-here-omg-now-what#post_9055853

GREAT article on adding birds :  ...

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You're very welcome smile  I never thought it was weird because I was raised with it, but I can see where it would be an interesting concept to others.  The spur pops off nice and pretty with minimal pain to the bird.

Good luck! thumbsup

"It's easy. You draw a red line on the ground, right? Then you wait for a chicken to come along. When he arrives, he puts his beak right on the line and he's hypnotized!"
Joey Santiago
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"It's easy. You draw a red line on the ground, right? Then you wait for a chicken to come along. When he arrives, he puts his beak right on the line and he's hypnotized!"
Joey Santiago
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