How to Remove Spurs From Roosters


Removing the spurs from a rooster helps to ensure the safety of the bird and other animals in the surrounding area. The sharp spurs of a rooster are used for fighting. The bony structure extends from the back of the fowl's leg and comes to a sharp point at the end. Much like a fingernail, trimming the spur helps the situation, but the process must be repeated to keep the spur dull and short. Permanent removal may be performed by a veterinarian when the bird is still a chick.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Towel
  • Small measuring device
  • Wrap the rooster in a towel. Secure the wings and body in a towel to hold the bird still.

  • Grasp the spur with one hand and measure 5/8 of the length starting from the leg. This is the cutting point.

  • Cut the spur at the decided point with pruning shears. The strong, sharp shears will quickly remove the spur, leaving it short and flat on the end.

Tips & Warnings

  • Having someone hold the bird during the process will help ensure that the bird will remain still and not injure itself.
  • Cutting the spur too short will cause pain and bleeding. Do not cut shorter than 1/2 the length of the spur.

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