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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by shannon84, Nov 6, 2018.
Oh, trim down to a 11/16" in length...
not trim off 11/16"..
Sorry, I misunderstood.
I am also sorry that I wasn't clearer.
Not quite on topic but related- what reason do you trim spurs? I've had roosters for 4 years and never trimmed them. One of them seems to shed a spur every year (this year he shed his right spur, last year he shed his left) and it regrows quickly. Maybe he's just an oddball, my game bantam never shed any spurs...
Is it just for protecting the hens from possible spur injury? Or abnormal spur growth? I guess if spurs grow like some horns they could curl around and hurt their leg. Just curious (and interested!).
We trimmed/filed Olaf's because he had wounded three hens quite seriously. My family have owned chickens since before I was around and have often had cockerels, always without issue, but I think Olaf doesn't have the best conformation and technique perhaps. We have had no problems since just lightly trimming the ends and filing them smooth.
You've answered your own question....
....not sure if you read the whole thread, but IIRC those things were already mentioned.
It seems that your rooster has hulled his spurs perhaps by taking a lick at some errant hen or juvenile roo and wrenching off the exterior of his spur on some hard surface like the pen or coop wire. Hulled spurs will regrow, after a fashion but a rooster who has slipped his spur or spurs (slick legged) will never regrow a spur.
I do it because they get so long it interferes with them walking and roosting. I don't trim them if they seem fine. I also will trim any that look particularly nasty and pointed.
Same here he was clanking them together when he walked, plus I did it for the hens, for his walking/roosting comfort as well....
Same happened to me I broke a huge pair of dog nail clippers, it's unreal how thick and hard those spurs get. He has white spurs and I try to see where his quick ends. So hard to judge it.