Rooster spurs

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Desirai, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. Desirai

    Desirai Songster

    Oct 12, 2011
    When do roosters grow their spurs?
    How can you take care of them to prevent injury and difficulty walking?

    I saw a video of someone twisting off a spur, does it hurt the rooster? (I didn't have the guts to watch..)

    My boys are 3 months old :)
  2. CountryKitty

    CountryKitty In the Brooder

    May 3, 2012
    My big New Hampshire boy Rusty (RIP) eventually grew some fairly large spurs--I think he was 2 or so before they became an issue, cutting into the hens backs. I wound up getting a set of dog nail clippers, getting Rusty off the perch after dark, and bringing him into the house for a quick trim. Just held him in my lap on his back, and cut the spur back. They have a 'quick' like a dog's toenail, so if cut too short the spur will bleed. Rusty's spurs were pale in color so I could kind of see the quick. After cutting straight across, I used the clippers to bevel the edge of the cut so it wasn't a hard edge there. Probably took 2-3 minutes per spur. Can't say he liked it, but he got used to it.

    I had to trim him about every 2-4 weeks--he'd find a rock or something to rub against and start sharpening his spurs again (after all, they're what a roo uses to defend his harem from being taken over by another rooster).

    I'm now having to do the same with my 10 year old hen as she's grown a pair of inch long and rather sharp spurs herself.

    It'll feel awkward at first--everything does the first time around--and you'll hit the quick once or twice (I sure did), but you'll do fine. :)
  3. birdiemomma

    birdiemomma In the Brooder

    May 30, 2012
    Northeast Arkasas
    Thanks for the pointers. I am in a similar situation- too scared of hurting The General to trim his spurs, but I'm working up the courage. He flogged me good for the first time in almost 4 years. I didn't even see it coming.
  4. Canadianna

    Canadianna Hatching

    Jul 15, 2013
    Violet Hill, Ontario
    I know this is an old thread, but I found this video that you might find helpful.


BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: