My three Orpington hens have a wide swath across their backs where there are no feathers whatsoever, just bare skin. My one-year-old rooster, their brother, now has spurs that are over one-inch long. Is it because of the spurs that they're down to the skin now? This rooster is aggressive towards Anne and me no matter what I do, kick fighting him, carrying him upside down, chasing him, etc.; he just keeps challenging me and trying to spur me. I hate the thought of cutting his spurs off because the day may come when he will have to defend a hen or himself from a predator mammal or hawk. So far his aggression has been manageable, but I'm wondering how long those spurs are going to get and if they are dangerous if he ever lucks out and plants them in me or my wife, Anne. Should they be removed? EDIT: BTW, if I do remove them, will they grow back? If so, how soon will they have to be removed again?