Removing spurs

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lovinmychickens, Jul 20, 2007.

  1. lovinmychickens

    lovinmychickens Chirping

    Mar 31, 2007
    Can someone please tell me how to remove the spurs from my roo, he was givin to us from the boy next door and has not have them removed, also wondering if he might be too old to do so, because they are quite large and he is making my hens lose their feathers. Thanks to all!
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    You don't have to remove them. You can remove them anytime you want. There are a few methods: 1) Use a hot baked potato and stab it on the end of each spur and then twist off. 2) Dremmel and cut off the ends (or use dog nail clippers) It will bleed a lot with just nail clippers if you get the quick. 3) Just take pliers and twist them off. This will also cause them to bleed. Chances are it is not his spurs taking off your girls feathers... thats caused by pure spunky rooster and his feet. Spurs are not used on the hens when mating.
  3. lovinmychickens

    lovinmychickens Chirping

    Mar 31, 2007
    Wow, thanks so much silkie, this is all new to me, well, I've had them for a year now and just got more hens, but I thought removing that spur would be cruel and hurt him, so I've been leaving it on, my one girl is just about bald from him (must be his fav),, do you know if it does hurt when they come out? I don't want to hurt any of them, they are my pets, not food. My husband actually went and bought an incuabtor and is trying to hatch some, we are on day 10 and it looks like they are all good ones, can't wait, I've been reading all of the other comments on here about hatching, its all so cool.
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Yeah, taking out the spur will hurt unless you file the tip but that wouldnt get very far before hitting the inside. He'll get over it quick though if you just take them off.
  5. Bubba

    Bubba Songster

    Jun 18, 2007
    You could numb it with ice beforehand. Should help quite a bit with the pain and bleeding. I like spurs and chaps but that is a story for another day hahaha

  6. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I do not recommend using the hot potato method. I used it once and it looked like I had OJ and Jack the Ripper over for Steak Tartare...not a good sight.
    The easiest on both of you is to use pliers and twist the spurs counterclockwise until it pops off.
    Unless you rock the spur back and forth it won't hurt: that would be like rocking a fingernail back and forth in the bed...
  7. LynnGrigg

    LynnGrigg Songster

    Jun 6, 2007
    Winston Salem, NC
    soooo...... how much will this bleed? I'm thinking of trying to remove my little 3 year old brahma roo's spurs simply because it seems that he is rubbing the front of his shanks raw and tripping when he walks. I certainly don't want to kill him if I take his spurs. He is such a good natured and quiet little roo. is there anything else I should know before trying this.... anyone? thanks!
  8. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Just get a good grip with a pair of pliers and twist counterclockwise...There will be no pain to him. And they won't bleed at all.
  9. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    ok...dumb question probably, but here goes anyway...With the dremel, do you grind it done or cut it at the bottom next to the leg?
  10. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Also, you can use syptic powder to help minimize bleeding.

    They sell little plastic containers of it 'quik stop' I think is the brand name. You can probably find it a petsmart/petco in the doggy toenail cliipper aisle. You can dip the stump into the powder and it will really help stop the bleeding quickly.

    I use that stuff on my animals all the time when I'm clipping nails if I get one too short and it bleeds.


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