How Far To Trim Spurs

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by I Love Layers, Aug 26, 2016.

  1. I Love Layers

    I Love Layers Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 25, 2015
    North Dakota
    I like to handle my roosters every night to ensure that they stay friendly etc. My alpha rooster has very large spurs and I want to trim them so I don't have to worry about him accidently getting me with them. I'm not sure how much to trim them.
    Does anyone hate any suggestions
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Spring Dreaming Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    You can usually see the quick growing inside them. Trim just before it. I use a large dog nail clippers. It's best to have some Kwik stop in case you bleed them. Just pack some on the bleeding end.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    You might just nip the very tiny tip off.....or use a dull the 'sharp'.
  4. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Using a fine tooth hack saw, I cut so you have a peg that is 3/4 to 1" long. There will be some bleeding but result will not come at risk of shattering spur. With really old males, it is sometimes needed so walking in is not obstructed. Longer spur can also be hard on the hens.
  5. I Love Layers

    I Love Layers Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 25, 2015
    North Dakota
    Thank you! He is turning 2 and his spurs are getting in his way also!
  6. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    Have you ever just pulled the outer sheath off with a hot potato and a pliers? I have seen that method, but have not tried it. It looks easy enough, but I value your advice. My two year old boy is getting some big ones, and I thought I would reduce them before winter.

    Mrs K
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2016

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