Roosters and spurs...To trim or not to trim

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jbowyer01, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. jbowyer01

    jbowyer01 Just Me!

    Aug 29, 2008
    Hogansville, Georgia
    I have a wonderful rooster named Duke whos spurs are getting very long and pointy lol. He's very gentle but my Dh asked if we should trim his spurs. How many of you trim the spurs on your roos? and if you do how do you do it?
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    You know I've thought about this issue quite alot.
    My chickens free range and I believe removing my roosters spurs completely would take away his best defense against predators. I plan to trim them when they get too long for his own benefit, but not remove them. I check Thor's spurs regularly, but he's growing them in very slowly, a year old and spurs are less than 1/2" long.
    ETA: When they do get too long, we plan to use the dremel tool method to trim them. Do a search using 'dremel' as your keyword and you'll learn the how-to's.
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2009
  3. bumblebeehillschickenfarm

    bumblebeehillschickenfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2008
    You can get yourself a pair of pliers and grab the middle of the spurs and twist and they will pop right off
  4. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    In reality, if the roo isn`t aggressive and the hens aren`t being raked, no need to trim spurs unless he`s having trouble walking. To shorten the spur without taking his weapons away, grasp the spur with a plier sideways and wring it with a quick snap. The hard part will seperate and leave the "quick", which will harden in a few days into a shorter sharp spur. Sounds gruesom, but the roo acts like it never happened. May be tender for a few days, but hardens quickly.......Pop
  5. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    ouch -does this hurt him? He is starting to really hurt my only 3 hens-I kinda like the look of feathered birds! [​IMG]
  6. jbowyer01

    jbowyer01 Just Me!

    Aug 29, 2008
    Hogansville, Georgia
    I told my DH that since ours roam the yard freely that I felt safer with him having them but my Dh is worried that it will start to effect the appearance of our hens (the whole feathers missing thing). I thought I'd aske since someone posted about their hen being accidently wounded from their roos spurs.
  7. jbowyer01

    jbowyer01 Just Me!

    Aug 29, 2008
    Hogansville, Georgia
    Could I use dog nail trimmers (I have the regular kind and a dremmel kind, which by the way my dogs hate!) or does the plier thing work the best?
  8. I'vegotchickenfever

    I'vegotchickenfever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2009
    Northwest Florida
    ouch -does this hurt him? He is starting to really hurt my only 3 hens

    I'll hafta agree with bumblebee and lollipop. Our roo had punctured one of our hens on both sides - ripped her right down to the meat of the thigh. We did our homework and watched a couple youtube videos (removing spurs - one did it by hand, the other w/ pliers) We used the pliers - the roo fell asleep while we were doing it. He did bleed a little at the very tip. Tried to keep him separated from the girls, but he found a way in and was mounting the girls within about 10 minutes. What I'm trying to say is, I think it bothered us more than it bothered him. I thought he'd be tender and would find a corner to sulk in, but he acted like nothing happened.​
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2009
  9. jbowyer01

    jbowyer01 Just Me!

    Aug 29, 2008
    Hogansville, Georgia
    Thanks everyone. I'll plan on trying the plier thing tommorow. I might even see if I can get pics for a tutorial. I appreciate everyones input.
  10. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

    Aug 4, 2008
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    My roo does a GOOD job defending against stray cats and today's dog. It makes me think about how they declaw a cat. I don't feel good doing it. IF they got really long and aggrivated the bird, I would probably trim them back like I do my dogs with small clippers. [​IMG]

    Good question though!

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