How to Remove Spurs From Roosters

A rooster's spurs appear like a thumb on the foot.
A rooster's spurs appear like a thumb on the foot. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

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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