Best way to trim a spur?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by JodyJo, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My roosters are only 20 weeks, but I see some dandy spurs starting...what is the best way to trim these down, when the time comes?

    I have read several things, clippers, sawing them off...
    What say the experts here?
     
  2. Noymira

    Noymira Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read a thread about someone just using pliers to carefully twist back and forth until they come right off, but I'm subscribing to this thread hoping to see some answers as well.

    I've got two cockerels (14 & 18 weeks) who are starting to get bumps as well. I was thinking I might want to remove them if it's not bad for the birds.
     
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    The easiest way for me was to just pull them off with some pliers. The birds didn't seem to enjoy me clipping or filing them away. It was a trial and error thing for me. A couple of twists with the pliers and they come right off. I leave their spurs now, since I free range. I figure my rooster needs his weapons to protect his girls, and if he uses them on me I'll just send him to the stew pot. Good luck!
     

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