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Rooster Spurs - can I trim them and how?

 
R Ranson
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My cockerel is having trouble walking because his spurs are too long.  He keeps tripping over them and gets horribly embarrassed.  I think he's starting to get depressed about it.

I'm thinking to trim the spurs but want to do this in a way that is gentle on the humans and the roo.  Are spurs like horns in that they have a live part inside?  What if I cut them back a quarter inch every few weeks until they are down to two inches long - and he can walk properly again?  How would I go about cutting them?
 
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I have used wire clippers, taking little bites at a time to make sure not to cut too deep. 
 
Todd Parr
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I did like Tyler and clipped them down a little at a time with wire cutters.  After they were shorter, I super-glued wire nuts onto them because the rooster was cutting the hens with them.
 
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