dubbing a roosters comb question

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  1. Columbia,SC.

    Columbia,SC. Thats MR. Redneck to you

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    How and with what should I use? How old is too old? We have a game rooster that is about 6 months old and should have done it sooner I guess. His comb is full and large now. I heard about a friend that does it with sharp scissors and then coats the comb with either sugar or flower to stop the bleeding.
    Any ideas would be great, thanks in advance.
     
  2. Columbia,SC.

    Columbia,SC. Thats MR. Redneck to you

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    Columbia,SC. Thats MR. Redneck to you

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    This rooster is a Bantam OEG about 6 months or so, almost mature.
     
  4. mommagoose_99

    mommagoose_99 Well-Known Member

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    Just wondering, why do you want to do that to your rooster? Are you going to fight him or what? Around here it happens naturally when the roosters get frostbite but I never intentionally disfigure an animal. What do you do it for?
    Linda
     
  5. Columbia,SC.

    Columbia,SC. Thats MR. Redneck to you

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    We show our chickens,, 4-H and they must be dubbed to quallify to show.
    The only fights we have are pecking order for the top roost in the hen house, it does get ugly at times!
     
  6. Cyngbaeld

    Cyngbaeld In Remembrance Supporter

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    Yes it is still required to show. Sharp scissors and blood stop should work fine.

    Hope he gets a prize!
     
  7. Caprice Acres

    Caprice Acres AKA "mygoat" Staff Member Supporter

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    I have a bunch of single combed roosters. In the future, I've been contemplating dubbing them at a young age because here in MI, frostbite gets bad and it looks so painful. :( I don't show so I didn't figure it would be a problem. :)
     
  8. hugh

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    We did 3 this afternoon. They were all spring chicks. Its a little bloody, so don't wear white. Now that its colder they don't bleed as bad. My sons in 4H so he holds and I cut. Pull the wattle down alittle so you can trim up close.

    My son had the only oeg that was dubed in the county fair last year and he did win.

    good luck
     
  9. JasoninMN

    JasoninMN Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Frostbite is painful, I have had it and I dub my birds combs for this reason. I think its far crueler to have them freeze, decompose of the body and then finally fall off. Its never bothered my birds much when I have done it. I do it when they are young. Also if you have large combed hens like leghorns you can count on the dubbed hens to produce better in cold weather, especially if frost bite is an issue with the other hens.
     
  10. Columbia,SC.

    Columbia,SC. Thats MR. Redneck to you

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    thinking we may try this, maybe this weekend,, busy but may have time.. thanks for the input everybody!
     
  11. Judy in IN

    Judy in IN Well-Known Member Supporter

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    A guy I know uses tin snips to dub his birds.

    He claims that they bleed less.
     
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  13. Columbia,SC.

    Columbia,SC. Thats MR. Redneck to you

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