Is it safe to use dog nail filers for rooster spurs

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Roosters110, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. Roosters110

    Roosters110 Chirping

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    my roosters spurs are growing longer and longer and I think this is why he lift his legs instead of dragging them like the hens.
    Was gonna file them is it safe?
     
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Crossing the Road

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    I would only file the spurs slightly to make then NOT SHARP. You cant file them too much to shorten them. You could go too far and cause bleeding. Don't know what you would have to do at that point,,,, :idunno
    Just use your people nail file or emery board.
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  3. Roosters110

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    I know how to stop bleeding because at one point I was just gonna take them off.
     
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  4. Roosters110

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    The tip is what needs removed.Mainly cause it’s spring and he starts breeding agahin and fighting my other little guy.
     
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  6. Roosters110

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    That is exactly what I did
     
  7. Folly's place

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    I use a large heavy duty dog nail trimmer to shorten the spurs, and then a file to smooth the cut surface. It's best to have two people; one to hold, and one to trim, a bit at a time, to avoid the quick.
    Mary
     
  8. A hack saw blade like one uses to cut metal works well. A small ball of old beeswax to saw into before cutting begins on the spur is a good way to prevent or reduce bleeding if you cut into the quick. Re-wax the blade about 1/2 way through cutting the spur. Any way it is highly unlikely that a rooster will harm a hen when treading her. A bar of soap is also good instead of using beeswax.
     
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    My three year old cockbird had spurs long enough to change his gait, so they needed to be shortened a bit.
    Mary
     
  10. cavemanrich

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    My rooster
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    has a set of these,,,
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    I'm trying to figure out where the QUICK is ??? :idunno
     

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