Rooster Spurs???

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by krazeepolack, Nov 23, 2010.

  1. krazeepolack

    krazeepolack Chillin' With My Peeps

    My flock is presently around 3.5 months old. I have NH reds, BR's, & Pearl white leggies. Out of a hatchery batch of about 30, I wound up w/two, possibly three roosters. [​IMG] (just at 10%) [​IMG] Question being; When do the roo's start to show thier spurs?? I have isolated both roo's away from the hens [​IMG] @ 3 months of age. Not because of the spurs, but many people I associate w/do not desire fertile eggs.
  2. azygous

    azygous True BYC Addict

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    My two cockerels are six months old and their spurs are just beginning to erupt into nubs about as big as the tip of your little finger. By the time they're a year old, they'll be not quite an inch long, but you can remove them at that time if you want to play it safe.

    It's really very easy. You get your roo into a comfortable position on your lap, and steady his foot with one hand while grasping the base of the spur with some pliers. Twist gently back and forth, and you'll see it loosen. Keep twisting gently back and forth until it separates from the fleshy little nub underneath. Lift off the hollow "horn" and repeat with the other one. You may get a tiny drop of blood, but when I did this procedure on my adult roo last year, he was so relaxed he fell asleep in my lap. I put some Bag Balm on them and they hardened in about a day or two.

    The spurs will slowly grow back, and you may want to do it again in abut a year and a half. I'm a big fan of spur removal as long as your roosters don't need to defend free ranging hens. It will prevent nasty lacerations of your hens during mating, as well as any people suffering gashes from a flogging roo, requiring stitches. They can be nasty little weapons.
  3. HorizonSon

    HorizonSon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2010
    Pacific NW
    Ours free range... Our boosters don't leave the house without packin' some heat. Our one remaining roo has fought of dogs and hawks on multiple occasions...

    ...On a side note; he got both my shins last week. He's very protective of his special hen.
  4. froggiesheins

    froggiesheins Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 14, 2010
    Jurupa Valley, CA
  5. 33yardbirds

    33yardbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2010
    Southern New Jersey
    Barred rock started at 16 wks Buff at about 20 and the Cochin now at 8 months has nothing to get excited about and he still doesn't crow. What a Pansy! And still dumb as a box of rocks.

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