Love the roosters, hate the spurs
(In the yard)
Love the roosters, hate the spurs: Beautiful roosters, ouch! those spurs. Cap them, lots of things can be used.
We tried a few, valve stem caps, rubber things we found laying in a parking lot and the latest is a thing called a screw protector, they come in all sizes and colors, you can find them at a hardware store.
First you may have to groom and shape the spur. I can handle my boy but if you have trouble wrap them in a towel or t-shirt.
I shape the spurs carefully with a small garden shear, I cut at an angle, shaving off a little at a time, flatting the tip, I also use pedi paws pet nail groomer.
Then I stuff a little cotton ball in the cap and super glue, I put it on the spur and hold in place for a few minutes.
One of my roosters has had his cap for 6 months, they don't always last that long but they do keep them from cutting the hens and you.
Also, roosters can still kick, bite and scratch, we have tried cutting the spurs but it was awful and bloody, you have to put the spur in a vise and saw through it.
Some people cut them off with a shear but that can crack it to the leg.
The hens will thank you. Another thing I find helpful, is carrying a spray bottle with 10% vinegar to water and aim for the eyes, it will sting but wont damage them, after a while all you have to do is show them the bottle.
I hope this helps you and keeps that rooster out of the soup. Return to Raising Chickens Home Page