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Spur removal?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by my first peepers, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. my first peepers

    my first peepers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know if this is the right place to post this...I read somewhere that you can remove a roosters spurs by rubbing them with oil and gently twisting them. Has anyone ever done this? Is it cruel? It seems like in would be nicer for the hens and us too if he ever decided to use them...
     
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. my first peepers

    my first peepers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, that was helpful! I'm still figuring this all out! Everyone here is so friendly and knowledgable! I am really enjoying it and learning so much!!!
     
  4. TerrasCritters

    TerrasCritters In a new coop

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    The first time I did it I was told to soak it in hydrogen peroxide and then take pliers and twist it off.
    So I tried it, and I thought how am I going to soak just the spur? I would have to put his whole foot in a cup of this stuff, so instead I just kept soaking cotton balls and wrapping his spur with it and letting it soak seemed like FOREVER! But they came off, it did bleed.

    The WHOLE spur will not come off though but it will take it down alot in size.

    The second time I read where you heat up a potato, stab the potato with the spur, let it sit there for a few seconds take it off and I could twist with just my fingers and it came off. Quick and simple! I put it in the microwave for about 30 - 45 seconds to heat it, it was hot to my hands touch and used my sleeve to hold the potato, but there was 0 bleeding what so ever.

    Also you might want to put your bird in a cage by himself that he cant hurt himself in after you take the spur off, his spur will be very sensitive. The roo that bleed I stopped the bleeding then put him in his own cage and he bled more. The second was already in his own cage in quarantine and was fine. That ones spurs were like 1.5 inches long!

    Good luck!
     
  5. my first peepers

    my first peepers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, that helps too!
    The whole thing sounds kind of terrifying to me! But so does getting stuck by a spur...
     

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