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Is This a Spur?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by HenOrRoo1, Aug 22, 2016.

  1. HenOrRoo1

    HenOrRoo1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Our Buff Orpington, Amber, let herself out of the coop earlier today and I picked her up, decided to check her for bumblefoot while I had her in arms, and found this on her foot:

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    Is it a spur? I thought only roosters got spurs. If it is, what do I do about it? Should I try to cut it off or file it? Will she be fine if I leave it alone? She doesn't seem bothered by it. The half inch or so closest to her foot looks like it has blood flow, so I don't want to cut into it and hurt her/have her bleeding. Any advice, especially if you've dealt with this before, is appreciated!
     
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Yep, that's a spur [​IMG]

    You may want to trim it a bit since it's curving toward her leg.
    There are several threads here on BYC and on the web (youtube too) with various methods to trim/blunt spurs.
     
  3. HenOrRoo1

    HenOrRoo1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! Time to research trimming and blunting spurs!
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    Hens can grow spurs too. And some roosters never grow spurs. Trimming them is fairly simple. Just grasp the spur with pliers and give a quick twist and yank. Or use dog nail clippers and cut it off. Just don't cut too close to the leg, or it will bleed.
     
  5. FlyWheel

    FlyWheel Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    [​IMG]I've never seen a spurred hen before, does she crow too?
     
  6. TWK777

    TWK777 Out Of The Brooder

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    Not that uncommon, I have a few like that. It only needs to be trimmed if it curves back and gets too close too the leg. Otherwise leave it alone.
     
  7. HenOrRoo1

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    I'm going to use the pliers method to remove the outer spur. I watched a couple videos on You Tube demonstrating the technique and I'm confident I can do it. The spur is curving back toward her leg, so I'm going to remove it. Otherwise I would leave it alone.
     
  8. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Sounds like a plan[​IMG]
    Let us know how it goes.

    I have a rooster, who will eventually need some trimming/blunting so I'm always interested in learning new things.
     
  9. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    A hacksaw or fine hacksaw blade is a much better and more humane tool to use when trimming spurs.

    Don't trim spurs closer than 3/4 of an inch from the birds shank or ankle and before you begin sawing rub your saw blade vigorously with either a bar of soap or chunk of beeswax to seal any capillaries and blood vessels that you might cut as you saw.

    Keep the soap or beeswax handy and hub a bit on the severed end of the spur to help seal it. Bear down really good.

    Do remember to sever the spur parallel to the shank so that you don't create a sharp leading edge on the spur, and if you do, a quick once over with a small flat-mill-******* file will dress the edges or round them off.

    This way your rooster doesn't have a bloody & sore nail bed sticking out on the back of each leg that might take months to heal or be an open invitation for an infection..
     
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  10. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Thanks @chickengeorgeto

    Never thought about a hacksaw - thanks for the tip!
     

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