Twisting-off or cutting-off Rooster spurs??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Foodaholic75, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. Foodaholic75

    Foodaholic75 In the Brooder

    May 21, 2010
    My rooster Dexter has 3 inch or longer spurs. We need to remove them as a last resort because he is aggressive. He cut one of my ducks face the other day [​IMG] and I'm afraid he will seriously hurt her. I really don't want to get rid of him, we've had him since he was a chick. I've read other posts. I'm wondering what is the best method with the least bleeding and aftercare, cutting the spurs or twisting-off method? My husband will be doing the job and neither of us have done anything like this.
  2. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    my roo is getting a good set of spurs, himself. How do you decide if they need to come off. He is not mean, but the year old pullets are showing a little wear. Can some roosters manage their spurs, so as to not hurt hens, or should they be reduced like toenails?

  3. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    I think it's the toenails not the spurs when the roosters over 'tread' the hens.
  4. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Crowing

    My husband trims my RIR's spurs on a regular basis. They were very long and pointed and my hens were getting scratches on their sides.

    He first trims them down and then files them off with a small rasp so the ends are rounded. We're going to get a dremmel to make it easier. They are about an inch and a half long when he's done and no blood or pain for the bird. I've seen other methods of removing them, including a quick twist and removing the "cap" as they call it, leaving a small nub. They do bleed with that method and I just wasn't interested to try since trimming is working for us.
  5. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    It depends on the rooster whether or not the spurs will bleed if you decide to employ the twist-off method.

    I've done two roosters by twisting the spurs off with pilers with just barely a drop of blood. But the third rooster, my Buff Brahma, bled for hours. His spurs were poorly formed, coming off in flaky layers, rather than a cap just lifting off like the others, so perhaps that was the reason he bled.

    Some like to use a hot potato, and I may give that a try next time. You simply heat a potato in the microwave for one minute, then stick it on the spur. It's supposed to loosen the spur so it lifts off easily. The potato must be re-heated for the second spur, as you leave it on the spur for about a minute.

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