Instead of a saddle, has anyone tried to keep the back claw of their roo clipped?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ChickenMack, Feb 27, 2015.

  1. ChickenMack

    ChickenMack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, I have two Jersey Giant roos who are tearing up the backs of my hens. I know that saddles were designed for keeping the hens back feathers intact but I just don't want to mess with them seeing that I have thirty hens. Does anyone have an alternate solution? I was thinking about clipping that rear claw on the roo since that is the one that seems to cause the problem. Has anyone tried this?
     
  2. LoveThemBirds

    LoveThemBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Saddles are for roosters to not mate sooo much.

    The back claw is want refere to as the spur.The claws are wgat do this.If it was the Spur,they would bleed likely....
     
  3. JadedPhoenix

    JadedPhoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If your roos are tearing your hens up that badly, I'd personally seperate the roos since you obviously have a good ratio. Have you watched to see how rough they are with your hens? Once a roo starts tearing into my hens, I usually start looking for a new home for him, even if it is freezer camp. If they want to stay crowing around here, they have to play nice. [​IMG]
     
  4. LoveThemBirds

    LoveThemBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree,but,it's natural,unless the begin bleeding.
     
  5. JadedPhoenix

    JadedPhoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Causing a hen to bleed or go bald are my definition of them not playing nice with them. Plus, I have never allowed a roo to get aggressive with me. [​IMG]

    My current roo is only alive because he is so gentle with his girls. He doesn't even hold on when he mates. I guess he prefers going rodeo style.
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    He is the perfect roo except for the fact that he crows at 3 am. [​IMG] I am hoping to breed him this spring though since he is such a rare breed (Augsburger). It is a joy to watch him when I let him out with the ladies on my days off. The ladies love him, even my senior hens.
     
  6. LoveThemBirds

    LoveThemBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cool!
    My rooster is 4 years (going on five),and he is recently mating.But his mid old age is making him grumpy.Him and the hens are FIGHTING.He also when he mates,grabs them by the comb.
     

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