How do I de-spur a rooster?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by katie4, Apr 21, 2011.

  1. katie4

    katie4 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 19, 2011
    My neighbor has a handsome 14 month old RIR rooster who is gentle toward his 10 RIR girls and human mom and daughter. He is viscious toward his human dad and son and attacks mercilessly whenever either human male vetures near the flock when they free-range or they enter the coop to collect eggs.

    Any suggestions on how to humanely remove the spurs?

    "Red" is much loved by the family (and they shed tears at the prospect of re-homing him or letting me broil him) but they just can't risk the two children getting hurt by his typical rooster behavior.

    Last edited: Apr 21, 2011
  2. azygous

    azygous True BYC Addict

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    If you have strong fingers, or you can use some pliers, just grasp the spur at the base close to the shank. Twist back and forth very gently until you feel the spur loosen. Then twist until it just lifts off.

    You can also heat up a potato in the microwave, place the hot potato onto the spur, wait one minute and lift it off. The heat will have loosened the spur and it can be easily lifted off.

    There should be little or no blood, and the roo should feel nothing. A little antibiotic ointment on the nub should protect it until it hardens in a day or so. It will slowly grow back, but will take over a year.
  3. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Many use a dreml tool, saying the heat from the tool stops bleeding.

    I don't think there is a painless way, but it doesn't seem to bother them much if you don't try to cut it down to the leg. No doubt a search would reveal several other methods. I've read that the potato method does not work well -- have not tried it, though.
  4. KBlue

    KBlue Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2011
    Katy, TX
    I've always heard to use the hot potato. I've never tried it though, so I couldn't speak to its efficacy.

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