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#71819 - 02/14/06 03:48 AM Spurs too long?
Wyattdogster Offline
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Registered: 09/22/05
Posts: 493
Loc: Virginia
I have a huge Ameraucana rooster, Pretty Boy Floyd that has the longest spurs I have ever seen, must be about an inch and 1/2(or more!) and they curve up. They almost cross when he walks, like skiis that are too long! He is a very docile roo and completely non-aggressive so I am not worried about injuries from him. I am a bit worried about my hens (they all free-range) together but I have not seen any injuries on them either. When he roosts they seem to dig into his belly a bit but he doesn't seem to be bothered by that. My other roo, a Hamburg, has much shorter spurs. I am wondering if there is some kind of spur-maintenance that I should be doing, could be doing or should I just leave well enough alone? Do roosters need regular trims like horses? Or does size REALLY not matter?? wink

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#71820 - 02/14/06 04:23 AM Re: Spurs too long?
Jocelyn Offline
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Registered: 08/26/02
Posts: 1467
Loc: Canada
It all depends on the shape they grow in. I've had them go to 4 and a half inches, or more, but they curve backwards and have enough curl to not dig in anywhere.I had one roo where the spurs made a complete circle, curved enough to spiral and do no harm. I usually don't trim spurs, as most will grow to a shape that causes no harm. Just keep an eye on him, you'l know.

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#71821 - 02/14/06 06:17 AM Re: Spurs too long?
Rhea Dean Carter Offline
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Registered: 07/24/03
Posts: 1379
Loc: Tennessee
I suggest you trim his spurs back to approximately 1/2 inch.
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#71822 - 02/14/06 06:53 AM Re: Spurs too long?
Wyattdogster Offline
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Registered: 09/22/05
Posts: 493
Loc: Virginia
Oh my goodness, he is not yet 2 so I guess they could grow quite a bit more! Yuck! I have read many posts from Jocelyn and Rhea Dean and respect both opinions so I still don't know what to do! Any more thoughts?

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#71823 - 02/14/06 08:32 AM Re: Spurs too long?
Angela Stanley Offline
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Registered: 10/19/05
Posts: 224
Loc: Missouri
Do it the easy way. Get a pair of pliers, grab the spur about 1/4" from the leg, and give it a quick twist. It will come right off.
There will be a little bit of blood, but not to worry.
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#71824 - 02/14/06 09:41 AM Re: Spurs too long?
Fowl Smell Offline
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Registered: 01/25/06
Posts: 44
Loc: Missouri
Or you could try the hot potato method. Look through the archives I'm sure you can find it.

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#71825 - 02/14/06 10:38 AM Re: Spurs too long?
Wyattdogster Offline
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Registered: 09/22/05
Posts: 493
Loc: Virginia
Thanks fowl smell, I have found several posts on the subject. When I did my first search I guess I was being too specific and nothing turned up. Tried a broader approach and after wading through the results I think I have found what I need. Thanks for the tips! :p

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#71826 - 02/14/06 02:47 PM Re: Spurs too long?
Cranberry Creek Offline
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Registered: 11/18/05
Posts: 211
Loc: Canada
I just twist it of with my hand it works as good as anything and it doesn't seem to hurt them either and barely any blood.

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