Rooster spurs by age-how to take them off

marquisella(z4 NY)April 17, 2006

It isn't always easy to tell the age of a rooster by his spurs.

Spurs are easily taken off without cutting them.

Thought some of this forums members might like to know how.

Have someone hold the rooster with his feet facing out.

Get a good hold of the foot with your fingers near where the spur begins. with small plyers, grasp the spur from about 1/2 inch from the foot. With good pressure, rotate the plyers about half way around. at first you will meet resistance, but then you will hear a "crunch" noise, and the spur will be off in your players.

Think of pointing your finger, then put the plyers so you come from the end of the finger (spur) so it is all insdie the plyers. Don't come from the sides of the spur.

Underneath, will be the new smaller spur with just a touch of blood on it. The new spur will not bleed or need to have anything put on it. It will be half the size of the old spur.

The rooster does't feel a thing.

This is a very humane and easy way to get rid of old pointy spurs.

For those of you who have horses, old spur tissue is like the chestnut on a horse leg.


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velvet_sparrow(Zone 5b, Gardnerville, NV)

This very handy info! :) There is also a technique using a heated potato, in which you basically impale the old spur on the hot spud, wait a moment and then twist and pull off the old spur. :) I haven't tried it, though...

My roos have always been pretty good at just shedding their spurs when needed, when they do that it leaves behind a shorter version of the spur but not a little nub like a youngster roo has--so it's still pretty easy to tell an adult roo by his spurs. :) I have a set of shed spurs from my old Barred Rock, Jack. Pretty darned impressive!

Velvet ~:>

    Bookmark   April 18, 2006 at 1:25PM
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marquisella(z4 NY)

Yes its easy to tell very young roos with small spurs from older roos, but if you pull the spur off of an older roo, it is smaller so could be mistaken for a younger roo, but not a cockerel.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2006 at 3:35PM
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Miss_Kitty(6a KY)

I've been wondering about that. But so far he's been pretty well behaved with them on. Once in a while he'll get territorial, but not often.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2006 at 9:09PM
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