bug spurs

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by toad62, May 25, 2010.

  1. toad62

    toad62 In the Brooder

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    we have a RI rooster with spurs almost an inch and a quarter long, can they be trimmed and how short? Some of the hens seem to be really roughed up, bare skinned on their backs.......... thanks
     

  2. fl_deb

    fl_deb Songster

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    i read somewhere that you can take a potatoe cook it in microwave for a few minutes, cut it in half and stick each spur into a halve of potatoe and leave it on there for like ten minutes or so and that the spur can then be twisted off leaving behind just the kwick of the spur that will then hardened up within a short time ( within a week if I remember correctly) Apparently the combination of heat and moisture from potatoe softens bind between spur and spur growth plate allowing the extra length to be removed.

    I have no personal experience with this however, so maybe someone with more experience can chime in and correct me???

    good luck!
     
  3. DTchickens

    DTchickens Crowing

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  4. toad62

    toad62 In the Brooder

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    Thanks, good pics. I saw another thread where they pop them off, not as topugha job as I thought it might be!! Thanks again...
     

  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    In addition to trimming his spurs, you might want to trim his toenails with a dog nail clipper. Toenails can do as much damage as spurs to hens' backs.
     

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