Do YOU trim your ROOSTER's spurs???

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by christmaschicken, Sep 24, 2008.

  1. christmaschicken

    christmaschicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wondering if I should trim my Roosters Spurs so he can not hurt the hens?

    They look so sharp and are getting bigger not to mention he has made some attempts to chase people away that do not belong in the yard like the neighbors guinee I am afraid he will hurt someone with them not to mention his girls.

    I was told you can remove them? not sure how true that is?
     
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2008
  2. MRNpoultry

    MRNpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2008
    Gibsonville, NC
    My friend told me you saw them off a fourth of and inch with a saw. I don't think you cut the whole spur off.
     
  3. M@M@2four

    [email protected]@2four Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2008
    USA
    Yeah, I was wondering the same thing. I saw a man cut his roo's with metal cutters and the roo seemed completely fine. Freaked me out as I was cringing for blood to go spurting. I'm just not sure how far in you can go before you hit the quick. Anyone????
     
  4. christmaschicken

    christmaschicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OM Goodness I don't think I can do that..... poor roo
     
  5. M@M@2four

    [email protected]@2four Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2008
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    Quote:He was completely content and clucking while he did it and actually seemed happy that it was done. I know my roo's spurs sometimes get so long, but we just trim so it's comfortable for them and not rubbing. My big RIR roo needs it done often.
     
  6. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    We are planning on doing that to all of our roos when it comes to that. Hack saw is what I have seen used.
     
  7. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
    Frozen Lake, MN
    Yes, you can trim a rooster's spurs, but you have to be careful of cutting too much off, and risking an infection. There's a great article posted on the BYC somewhere.

    Let me do a search - hopefully I'll find it and post the link. I FOUND IT.

    CUDA has a great article on his website. Here is the link:

    http://www.freewebs.com/cajunyankee/spurs.htm
     
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  8. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used a dremmel with a cutoff wheel, used for cutting thin bolts, or nuts off, the speed and heat actually cauterizes the quick as it goes through. Roos are still alive, and doing thier thing, just not doing as much damage in the process. [​IMG]
     
  9. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
    Frozen Lake, MN
    I use a RotoZip (similar to Dremel). Worked great. Had DW hold the chicken per CUDA's instructions, and all was well. The Rooster acted like he didn't feel a thing. I think wrapping him in a towel threw him off...
     
  10. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I have never trimmed my roo's spurs and never had any problems. [​IMG]

    Jody
     

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