Spur or de-spur? That is the question.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Linn Bee, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. Linn Bee

    Linn Bee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Just read the thread on a rooster, Smokey, who killed a hawk. That led me to question whether it is a good idea or not to remove the rooster's spurs.

    My Monte has been a perfect gentleman around the grandkids and me, so I have no reason to fear his spurs, but I've read how to de-spur a roo and wonder if it is something routine that is done.

    Pros and cons anyone?
  2. mikeypalone

    mikeypalone Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2011
    henry co.
    IMO if they free range his spurs are the only protection he has,on the other hand if a rooster is penned up and becomes aggresive towards people I don't think it hurts anything to take the sharp points off
  3. skunknchatter

    skunknchatter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2007
    Northern Utah
    I see no reason to de-spur. Especially since you're roo is a gentleman around the kids [​IMG] My roo has 3" spurs. He only uses them if my dachshund gets too curious about the hens. Even then he just gives him a warning to make him back off.
  4. 33yardbirds

    33yardbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2010
    Southern New Jersey
    He came predisposed to growing spurs and he will go out with what ever he grows.
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I don't see the point in removing spurs, unless they're somehow damaging the hens during mating. If a roo is aggressive to me, I'm not going to cut off his spurs and keep him. I'm gonna kick his butt and give him one more chance. If he's still going after me or mine, off with his head.
  6. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA

    A rooster needs his spurs for protection. If he's aggressive I just don't give him a chance though, as it is genetic. I'm not going to endure aggressive birds. If I had a family/kids and they didn't know how to handle a rooster and consider its spurs, well, that wouldn't be the roosters' fault.
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I don't de spur. If a rooster is going after us, I de head him.

    Otherwise, my ol gentleman of a roo uses his (into the back of a possum) or breaks them if they get too long. Sometimes it is necessary if it is impeding walking/damaging hens, but other than that... not necessary.

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