De-spuring a Rooster

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chicknewbie, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. chicknewbie

    chicknewbie In the Brooder

    Mar 20, 2009
    I have a BO roo who takes great care of his 8 hens. The only problem is his 2" spurs. He has cut on hen pretty badly even though she is wearing an apron. Has anyone ever tried de-spuring a rooster? I was thinking that they do this to the dew claws on small puppies. Could you do this to a rooster when small? Just a thought.

  2. Here ya go............Pop

    Trimming Spurs;

    Trimming spurs is very common and most easily accomplished with the use of a Dremmel tool and cut off wheel. Get someone to hold the bird, cut the spur 3/8ths-1/2" out from the leg. The heat from the wheel usually cauterizes the root, but if bleeding occurs, pressure on the spot will stop it in a few minutes. Twisting the hard part off works also as prescribed above, but it leaves a weapon to harden in a few days. The Dremmel tool is the best method and easy.

    The cock will struggle a little, but once he is on the ground will act as if nothing happened. Since chickens do not feel pain in the same way other animals do, I have concluded that the struggle is caused by the unfamiliar buzzing of the tool and resistance to being manipulated.......Pop

    Spur Video;

  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Lollipop beat me to it! The link he posted is my favorite spur removal video.
  4. chicknewbie

    chicknewbie In the Brooder

    Mar 20, 2009
    Thanks ever so. I know the girls will be happy with the shorter spurs.
  5. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

  6. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Songster

    Quote:I'm thinking that he means here to remove it permanently (as in dew claws on a pup) [​IMG] ... it would be great if this could be done when young. [​IMG]
  7. Quote:What?

    Just reffering to the fact that dubbing or spur trimming doesn`t affect them at all. From the time you finish and set them down, they act like nothing ever happened. They don`t sulk, itch, or show any grief whatsoever........Pop

  8. CalebtheChicken

    CalebtheChicken Songster

    Jun 5, 2010
    Jeremiah, Ky.
    I use a hack saw on my mean roos' spurs, they don't like being hacked but they don't seem to miss their spurs, and, NO MORE SPUR MADE SCARS!!! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2010

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