Despurring rooster

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by lynyrd, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. lynyrd

    lynyrd Out Of The Brooder

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    Is there a certain age / method best for removing spurs from rooster.
     
  2. lynyrd

    lynyrd Out Of The Brooder

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    Or should I leave spurs alone. First time roo owner.
     
  3. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    Unless the spurs are hurting the hens, or a human for that matter then I would just leave them alone. They are part of the birds defence system. If you want to remove them then I prefer to use pliers and twist/pull them off. They come off quite easily with very little blood and whats left of the spur eventually rounds off into a blunt tip.
     
  4. DaphneNL

    DaphneNL Chillin' With My Peeps

    Interesting topic. One of my roosters has very long and sharp spurs. I don't think they're hurting the hens, so I probably will not remove them, but I'm wondering if it's possible to cut of the sharp point only.
     
  5. canesisters

    canesisters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] following .. interesting thread.

    I saw one this fall at an orchard who's spurs were so long he walked like those little wind-up toys: lift foot high enough to get left spur over right one - lift right foot high enough to get left spur over right one. If they got much longer, he would be hitting himself in the legs!
     
  6. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

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    I have a short legged Japanese Bantam rooster and his spurs are poling him as he walks about. I tried to cut the ends off with dog nail clippers, but the spurs were so hard that the first cut broke the nail clippers!

    I can not bring myself to try the 'twisting them off' method, so I am interested to know what else I can do.
     
  7. DaphneNL

    DaphneNL Chillin' With My Peeps

    Our horses have spurs too (hidden in the fetlocks). Twisting them of is easy and doesn't hurt them. Is this kind of the same?
     

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