Long spur on hen

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by 345Heather, Jan 22, 2019.

  1. 345Heather

    345Heather In the Brooder

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    My hen has a long, sharp spur. She doesn't run because of it. How do I trim it? I have attached a photo below. This is not urgent so i didn't put in the emergency forum.
     

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  2. Hens do not grow spurs like that, it looks like a roo.
    You can use SHARP large dog nail clippers to trim off a tiny bit off the tip; after a week the tender quick (part inside the spur) will recede and you can clip some more. Good luck!
     
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  3. EggWalrus

    EggWalrus Crowing

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    You can file it down the long slow way, or you can use dog nail cutters, or a hack saw and a little septic pen/corn starch to stop the little bit of bleeding. Some people have even used a hot potato and pliers (Google it).
    Good luck!
     
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  4. EggWalrus

    EggWalrus Crowing

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    I have several game hens with spurs 2" long and sharper than most my rooster's spurs.
     
  5. Yes, but they are not as thick as a roos. the feet in the picture are also a little too big to be a hens.
     
  6. 345Heather

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  7. 345Heather

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    Thanks, I will try. Yes, it is a hen and she has laid eggs in the past. She just happens to be a hen with a spur like that. She is six. We currently have three old ladies.
     
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  8. 345Heather

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  9. 345Heather

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    Yea I saw the potato. My avian vet would cringe. I have parrots and she also does chickens and saved another chicken's life last year when she had Egg Yolk Peritonitis.
     
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  10. Broody Bist

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    Wow, I didn’t even know hens could grow spurs! Guess ya learn something new everyday lol. What breed of chicken is she?
     
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