I can see a good pair of shears working on the softer spines of young meaties but would have to be a pretty stout pair to work on the more solid necks of 18 wk old roosters or older hens. I would have to test any pair of shears on a stout live branch to judge it's viability as a chicken tool.
If anyone has found shears heavy duty enough to work well I would certainly try them, though I am now comfortable doing my scalpel.
Also note, some tools work great for one person but someone with weaker or arthritic hands may have trouble with them.
Edited by fisherlady - 10/9/15 at 1:07pm