Big Spurs!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by BlueMoon, Nov 30, 2008.

  1. BlueMoon

    BlueMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We've a rooster, Oliver, a big handsome Cuckoo Marans, whose spurs have gotten out of control long. He's begun to walk a wee bit funny and I reckon this may be the cause. The spurs knock into the opposing leg.

    Can the spurs be trimmed or only removed? Any recommendations how? Thanks
     
  2. ncCHICKS

    ncCHICKS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    search through to forum there was something about useing a potato to remove spurs
     
  3. skand

    skand Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2008
    Odessa, Tx
    We used a dremel with our game cock who had 4 1/2 inch long spurs. We trimmed between a half inch and an inch the first time. Mainly to make sure we didn't get the 'quick'. About 2 weeks later, we trimmed 2 inches off. Just make sure you don't go too short, just like with any other animal. If it bleeds, ya went too short. Cornstarch will slow the flow. Just pack it in.
     
  4. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2008
    western mass
    Did someone say POTATO!?!
     
  5. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
    Quote:this may be the cause. The spurs knock into the opposing leg.

    Can the spurs be trimmed or only removed? Any recommendations how? Thanks

    Are you from NY? Sorry... just curious.[​IMG]
     
  6. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    I just dog nail clippers on them.
     
  7. HennyPennies2007

    HennyPennies2007 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2008
    Clippers and a styptic powder.. and SHORT!
     
  8. BlueMoon

    BlueMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The concensus sounds like the spurs have to go. I don't think the dog nail clip will work - maybe the llama toe nail clipper. These spurs are big. Oh well, he was supposed to help guard the hens and I thought he'd need them.

    I read about a way of rocking them off. Have any of you tried that?

    Yes, Verbank is in Upstate New York. ie - not next to Canada, but certainly north of the Bronx. And you, Brahampooter?
     

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