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An academic question on de-spurring

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

  1. Heather4nier

    Heather4nier Out Of The Brooder

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    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!
     
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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    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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