Spurs

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

  1. Pampered Hen

    Pampered Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    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 Out Of The Brooder

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2009
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    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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