Spurs on rooster

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  1. shannon84

    shannon84 Songster

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    Hi, my question is what is the best tool to clip a roosters spurs? I've been using dog nail clippers and they are hardly strong enough to cut through the thick spurs. I prefer not to use a dremal. Also how far can I cut. I'm so scared I'm going to cut into his quick or whatever it's called lol. Thanks!!!
     
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  2. ButtonquailGirl14

    ButtonquailGirl14 Free Ranging

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    you could just remove them permanently? all you have to do is use pliers and grab and twist, I am not sure if it hurts them. the quick is left behind. (I am assuming it hurts them, but it could save them the pain of getting them clipped all the time:confused:)
     
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  3. shannon84

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    I did that baked potato method and it tramatized us both I think, one spur bled like crazy it freaked me out so bad, I had to soak it and Dr it because I was so scared it would get infected. When I did his other spur it didn't bled at all! So I told myself I wouldn't do that again lol. Do you do that to your roosters? Do they bleed?
     
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  4. ButtonquailGirl14

    ButtonquailGirl14 Free Ranging

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    I have never done it, I was just suggesting looking into it:confused:
     
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  5. oldhenlikesdogs

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    I use a heavy duty dog nail trimmer. You do have to really squeeze to cut some spurs. Trim down to the quick. It's best to have a blood stop product on hand in case you hit the quick.
     
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    I also use a heavy duty dog nail trimmer, preferable in the hand of a strong male person! I hold the bird, and he trims, and actually a Dremel is helpful in smoothing off the rough trimmed edges.
    Recently two of my roosters managed to remove one spur each, just outside one day. No fighting, no drama, just a missing spur. Both birds are due to have their other spur trimmed anyway.
    Mary
     
  7. PattyNH

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    I haven't had to do it (yet - I have 4 young cockrels) but someone else shared this link on another thread and it appears pretty easy and painless, although I'm sure it is just the woman's experience making it look easy...
     
  8. For Your Information wrenching off a roosters' spurs is the same thing as the Gestapo pulling a prisoners toe nails our with the same set of pliers.

    But as I always say, those roosters are your roosters so treat them in as cruel a manner as you desire.
     
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  9. Abriana

    Abriana Psalm 46:5

    I wrap gorilla tape around my rooster’s spurs, or just regular duct tape. Gorilla tape is stronger though and works better. Sometimes I clip the very tip. I tried to completely blunt it with a Dremel but it bled and that type of bleeding is VERY difficult to stop. Your rooster can bleed to death that way (you can use bloodstop powder or cornstarch to help stop it if it does start). I think it is safer to go the duct tape route. For me, the duct tape eventually peeled off some spur and left a blunt tip on one. I’m waiting for that to happen with the other one so that I can leave them untaped. Also if the spurs are sharp the rooster can tear the hen’s sides during mating. I’ve had it happen more than once!
     
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  10. Use a half of a hack saw blade and before you start sawing saw a hard bar of soap or a lump of bees wax. this way if you slip up and cut into the quick or living part of the spur the soap or bees wax seals the blood vessels as you saw.
     
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