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Rooster spurs

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Gracie_Chickie, Aug 8, 2008.

  1. Gracie_Chickie

    Gracie_Chickie Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 22, 2007
    I just noticed that my RIR roo's spurs have grown a lot. Do the spurs have quick in them like a toenail? Just wonder how careful I need to be when I trim them.
  2. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    That's a great question of which I'd like to hear the answer myself. So, does anyone know???
  3. mmajw

    mmajw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    I have heard that you can trim them right back with no problems. Well, I guess your only problem is you may irritate your Rooster. Please dont take my word for it though as I have never tried this for myself.
  4. mmajw

    mmajw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
  5. a2ms4chickens

    a2ms4chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2007
    Tucson, AZ
    My DS and I just used the dremel to sand down our roosters' spurs, yesterday.

    I think it my have gotten a little warm while sanding them down, because they would jerk their leg if we kept it in one place too long. We did get a little close to the core of the spur on a couple of roos, because we did see blood. None had any dripping blood, though.

    However, it was very easy to do and the roos didn't seem to mind too much. The hens will be very greatful!!!
  6. ILoveJoe

    ILoveJoe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 28, 2008
    Northern Kentucky
    The spur does actually have a bony projection from the leg. I wouldn't use anything that cuts into the bone once a rooster is grown.

    Here is a publication from OSU about spurs.


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