rooster spurs

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by hippie, May 7, 2009.

  1. hippie

    hippie In the Brooder

    Mar 31, 2009
    N.E. missouri
    i just got a new rooster the other day and i think he's about three. his spurs are about a inch and a half long and i have heard people talk about twisting their spurs off. i was wondering if it hurts the roosters or if it is cruel. i just don't want him tearing my hens up.

  2. key west chick

    key west chick Songster

    May 31, 2008
    Gainesville, GA
    I tried to do that with my roos spurs but DH couldnt get them to budge. I made DH quit cause I was afraid to hurt him.
  3. ohiofarmgirl

    ohiofarmgirl Songster

    Jan 22, 2009
    we clipped ours with garden shears - just dont clip too much! even making them blunt will help everyone.
  4. hippie

    hippie In the Brooder

    Mar 31, 2009
    N.E. missouri
    i have had a few local people here tell me they can be twisted off. the outside of the spur is just a hollow shell and the inner part is bone. grab it with pliers and twist.
  5. ksacres

    ksacres At Your Service

    Nov 16, 2007
    San Antonio TX
    Quote:Actually the inner part is quick. Like a nail bed. There are no bones in spurs. They can be twisted off, but I would think that would be incredibly painful. Maybe better to cut and file the tip. Rooster spurs are very much like nail beds, ever lost a fingernail??
  6. turney31

    turney31 Songster

    Sep 14, 2008
    palestine texas
    I have heard you need to oil them first, then twist off.

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