Chicken acting like a rooster

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by nanc1430, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. nanc1430

    nanc1430 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 10, 2009
    I have a chicken that is three years old and comes at me once in a while.
    She has one spur on one leg and it is growing. It is now about 1 1/4" long and can do some damage if she wants to. One time she flew at me trying to stick me with it.
    I now noticed the other side has a nub just starting.
    I think she is growing another one on the other side.
    The question I need help with is how close can these be trimmed or can't they?
    I don't want to hurt her but I don't want to get spurred.
  2. koifarm

    koifarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    You can blunt the spur by cutting the end off with a set of dog nail clippers being careful not to trim too much and damage the soft spur underneath. File the stub smooth with a nail board.
    Another method is to massage oil into the spur to soften it, then gently twist with a back and forth motion (don't snap it off like you would a snap bean) but wiggle it back and forth and eventually it will pop off.

    Otherwise you can just put marshmallows over the spurs and duct tape them on....[​IMG] (just kidding)
    I really never worried about it with my roos (when I had roos) they never tried to spur me or the DW.

    Oh, BTW, if the chicken has spurs it is most likely a "HE"
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2009

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