My 4-year old rooster has some really long leghorns that are almost growing into his legs. How do I remove them without having to put him out to cut them off? I tried the hotpotato method but he was squawking pitifully in pain so I stopped because something was just not right, I had to split the tater in half just to get it onto part of the spur. He sleeps on the ground, I think it's because he can't fly since he was a chick and a hawk caught him then dropped him on the ground with an injured leg and a hole in his head. How can I get his spurs (or their sheaths) off without major vet trips? I'll try to get a picture of his spurs today.
I've never dealt with any that long. I would suggest that you start by cutting them off, probably 1/4"-1/2" at a time. You should be able to see the quick if you shine a bright light. Mark the spur where you want to cut, then use a dremel with a cutting wheel and trim them. Every other week, trim them again until you get them in better shape. Stay on top of keeping them trimmed so they don't grow into the leg.Okay well the thing is, since the spur is in a C shape, wouldn't twisting it hurt the quick?
I have never tried dog nail clippers. If they are sturdy and sharp enough you could try, I have heard that some people use them.I don't have a dremel tool. I do have some large dog nail clippers that I use to cut the chooks toenails, will they work?