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Trimming, de-sheating or otherwise shortening rooster's spurs

 
Kat deZwart
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Among my bantamchicks runs a great, sweet rooster. He's about 6 years already but I'm quite fond of him so I'd like to keep him around a bit longer. Problem is that he's always had huge spurs. Since he never hurt the chicks when mounting them, I let them grow. But now they are curving upwards and might start to grow back into his legs in a while. So I'm looking for ways to shorten the spurs, with minimal hurt, need for medical care or risk for infection.

There seem to be two schools of thought: one is to clip the spurs, and staunche any bleeding with powder or by cauterizing, the other is to take/pry off the horn-sheat of the spur, leaving the root/quick to grow out again.
Although the latter might seem drastic, I feel like it might be the best option, allowing for natural regrowth of the spurs.
With clipping, the risk is that sharp edges develop that hurt my chicks...
Any idea's, tips, experiences on this?
 
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I had a rooster with very long spurs and periodically I would trim them with a wire cutter, just nibbling away until I got close to the quick, and then I'd smooth off the rough spots with a file. Frequent trimming will help keep the quick from extending out too far, I believe.

 
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Thank you Tyler and Ken.

I found the vid myself on youtube too Ken, have you got any experience with it yourself? I just can't believe it's that easy and painless? How about the chickens starting pecking at the bloody exposed quick?

 
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