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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Pampered Hen, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. Pampered Hen

    Pampered Hen Songster

    Feb 8, 2009
    My rooster Leo is nine months and his spurs are growing in. I have read some about simply grinding them off to about 1/2 inch from the foot.
    I'm curious to know whether the procedure is painful to the animal or if this is the mere equivalent of a pedicure.

  2. Best method is a dremel tool with a cut off wheel. Cut about 3/8 from the leg. There may be a small amount of blood, but the wheel usually cauterizes it. It is, as you say, similar to a pedicure. Small amt of pain, sometimes, but when you put the boy down, he acts like nothing ever happened.
  3. DK

    DK In the Brooder

    Dec 30, 2008
    Bangor Alabama
    I have read that you can take a potato bake it cut it in half and stick it on the spur and hold it there and it will fall off.I have not try this but maybe someone has.[ dont think it could hurt him] DK
  4. Big Red's Mom

    Big Red's Mom Songster

    Nov 15, 2008
    Terry, Mississippi
    Okay I have a question......My roos spurs are super sharp and he is making his fav. hens loss feathers on their backs. They are not very long but again very sharp. What else can I do to keep him from hurting the girls. (without putting him out.) Oh I cliped the very end off anf files it smooth(some blood) freaked me out.....
  5. Smoky73

    Smoky73 Lyon Master

    Feb 8, 2007
    If you keep trimmin it a little bit at a time, the quick will receed so you can trim shorter and shorter each time.

    Once, my hubby and I did the oil method that we read about in one of the chicken books. soak in oil and take pliers and twist back and forth (not bend but twist like a knob) it will eventually loosen and come off. It exposed the whole "quick" which was a pointy fleshy matter and bleeding. However, I coated it with blood stop and we put him down. It stopped shortly after and when that part dried up, it fell off and he looked like a brand new cockerel! Just a round stub of a spur.

    Now I just take hoof nippers and clip them about halfway down.
  6. WalkingWolf

    WalkingWolf Songster

    Jan 1, 2009
    North Carolina
    I did my hen with a dremel she did not even feel it, no blood, but I only took of 1/4 inch. This was after she punctured one of my ducks wings. I am scared of the hot potato, held a few in my life and can't see how the heat would not travel to the muscles of the leg.

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