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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 12:35 pm 
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Hi.

Our two favorite girls, 5 year old Sliver Spangled Hamburgs have grown large spurs. One hen has one spur, the other two, all are about 60 mm long.

They don't seem hindered at all. They walk and forage fine. They are still in full lay. They are bright and happy. They do not fight, jump or kick.

Do these spurs cause any trouble or discomfort? Should I cut them off?

I've done some searches here. If I have to remove them, I guess I will make a guard from an Ice cream lid and cut them off with an angle grinder. People say grinding wheels are better than cutting wheels. True?

I really dont want to hurt or worse bleed out my chickens. Any advice?

Thanks in advance.

Scott


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 4:44 pm 
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Scott,
Use a cutting wheel and do it slowly, it is similar to fingernails, do not cut too short or they will bleed.....the disc creates some heat so closes the blood vessels (well most of them) but they will soon stop bleeding......I personally would cut about 30mm off. It will do them no harm and then they cannot inadvertently spike you with the sharp spurs.


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