An academic question on de-spurring

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Heather4nier, Jun 3, 2016.

  1. Heather4nier

    Heather4nier In the Brooder

    Mar 2, 2016
    This is strictly an academic question on my part. I am not now, or in the future considering this. My question is this: would de-spurring a cock have any potential detrimental effects with respect to their behavior? Much like de-fanging and/or de-clawing a big game cat for "domestic" purposes? Yes, I know Roos and cats are different species, but, because of the nature of the beasts, I was wondering if anyone noticed a difference in aggression with respect to lack of ability to do harm? Again, just asking for the sake of the question. Let's call it a "fireside musing", lol!
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2016

  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    I think most removing of the spurs is similar to just shortening them, they grow back after a bit as they are basically like a toe nail. Except for possibly being sore from having it done I don't believe a rooster knows no difference, and will go through his usual routines with or without his spurs.

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