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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by theskyisfalling, Mar 4, 2008.
Im not real great at Trimming my dogs nails they are way to dark is it kinda the same?:|
I don't really trim my roo's spurs, I just take a file and blunt the tip to keep them from scratching the hens.
I've done this on my crowing hen Slifer.
I've taken them off using a pair of pliers. Just twist counterclockwise and they should pop off.
Another thing is to use a dremel tool which I don't have.
I use a dog nail trimmer. They can bleed a bit, but will heal up.
Ok, first off, it is an excellent idea to trim spurs to save your hen's back, and it doesn't hurt the rooster at all. If you twist them off, they will still be sharp, so you didn't help your situation any. Just take a dremmel tool with a cut off wheel, or a fine toothed hacksaw to them. Get a firm grip on the base of the spur, not the leg, and cut the spur off about a half inch or so away from the leg. If you cut them too short, they will bleed some, but don't worry, it will heal fine. The goal is to cut the spur off just past where the core leaves off. After this is done, the spur will grow back, but will not be sharp. If you are still not sure, let me know, and I will gladly walk you through it, it's really no big deal. Good luck!
I use the dremel tool and just grind them down. works great
Thanks for the info. We just got a beautiful new roo, he is still young so no spurs yet. I'm worried about my girls backs once they are together. I use a dremel for the Dobes nails. Glad to know I can use it on the roo if necessary.
Just make sure you wait until the spurs are hard before trimming them.