Over the last few years I've had to de-spur a rooster or two, and I've been happy with the "Hot Potato" method. It seems to be easy, mostly painless for the rooster and rarely is there any bleeding that last longer than an hour or so. Essentially, I wait until the rooster has gone to roost for the night and is settled in comfortably then I pop a regular old potato in the microwave for 5 or 6 minutes to get it to that hot almost "baked" state. I take the rooster off his roost and hold him upside down until he is sufficiently calm, and place the hot potato on the spur for a minute or so (the spur is actually embedded into the potato allowing it to soften up) then remove the potato and twist off the spur. This method leaves a small remainder of inner part of the spur that I can nip off with a clean pair of side cuts. I then repeat this process for the other leg. My question is this..... Is there an easier or more humane way to de-spur a rooster? I'm curious how many of you have accomplished this, and what your experience may have been. Thanks!!