Spurs on Hens / Cut or Not ?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ARpullet, Mar 23, 2018.

  1. ARpullet

    ARpullet Chirping

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    I have three older hens that have spurs on them and I am going to add ten new twelve week old birds to the flock. Should I cut the spurs off the older hens so if they fight they cannot cut the younger birds?
     
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  2. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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    How long/sharp are they?
    Can you post a few pictures please?
     
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  3. getaclue

    getaclue Crossing the Road

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    Just blunt them with a file, or dremel.
     
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  4. ARpullet

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    Extremely sharp and about 1 and 1/2 inches long. Only one spur on each hen.
     
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  5. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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    I think it could be a good idea to trim them..just in case.
     
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  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    This^^^ if anything.

    Bird are more likely to kill new birds with the beaks than any spurs.


    Integration Basics:

    It's all about territory and resources(space/food/water).
    Existing birds will almost always attack new ones to defend their resources.
    Understanding chicken behaviors is essential to integrating new birds into your flock.

    Confine new birds within sight but physically segregated from older/existing birds for several weeks, so they can see and get used to each other but not physically interact.

    In adjacent runs, spread scratch grains along the dividing mesh, best if mesh is just big enough for birds to stick their head thru, so they get used to eating together.

    The more space, the better.
    Birds will peck to establish dominance, the pecked bird needs space to get away. As long as there's no copious blood drawn and/or new bird is not trapped/pinned down and beaten unmercilessly, let them work it out. Every time you interfere or remove new birds, they'll have to start the pecking order thing all over again.

    Multiple feed/water stations. Dominance issues are most often carried out over sustenance, more stations lessens the frequency of that issue.

    Places for the new birds to hide 'out of line of sight'(but not a dead end trap) and/or up and away from any bully birds. Roosts, pallets or boards leaned up against walls or up on concrete blocks, old chairs tables, branches, logs, stumps out in the run can really help. Lots of diversion and places to 'hide' instead of bare wide open run.

    This used to be a better search, new format has reduced it's efficacy, but still:
    Read up on integration..... BYC advanced search>titles only>integration
    This is good place to start reading, BUT some info is outdated IMO:
    http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/adding-to-your-flock
     
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