I only have two years of experience with my chickens. We love our rooster and he had really nice sexy spurs going for him and I was wondering how big they'd get. Then one day, probably late summer, I noticed they were gone. All that was left was a raw looking spot on each leg where they had been attached.
I'm so new to chickens that I'm not sure if this is normal or unusual. Did he get in a fight and break them off on a fox?
I'd say he either lost them in a fight, or got them caught on something.
Next time, consider cauterizing the wound with something like a soldering iron? Or consider isolating him for a few days to make sure it's healed over?
We had a rooster who lost a spur in a fight. The hens kept pecking at it (hens do that sort of thing) and it ended up infected and we had to put the rooster down. Have you had experience with dogs and trimming toe nails? If you only take off a little, you're fine. If you take off too much, you get bleeding. The process is similar with a rooster's spur. A different rooster who damaged his spur, broke it off in such a way the the growth area was still there. His healed fine and gradually regrew. Our current rooster has one spur that *insists* on growing in a tight curve. We've trimmed it twice. If we were gutsy enough to take it almost all the way back, it might grow in straighter, but in the meantime, when we see it getting close to the leg, we trim it as otherwise it could push right into the leg.
I'm assuming you got lucky and he looks healed but the spurs didn't grow back?
Thanks Jay, so it's not normal. I really wonder how he lost them then... No known predator issue this summer and he's the only rooster. He healed up just fine. No new spurs have started growing so I guess I'll just wait and see. I'll post a photo if I can get one.
I have a Rhode Island red rooster that is about 3 now. He still has both of his spurs and they are about three inches long.
He is doing fine and since his temperament is good and he does a great job with the girls I have left his spurs alone.
I do watch that he isn't hurting any of the girls during the mating process and his is as gentle as he can be for a big rooster.
I try to alow nature to be the guide for things like spurs on a rooster. I know he will need them if there is ever a threat so I leave them unless they are causing an issue.
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