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Fights are limited to a single round of 30 minutes, but statistics show that more than 50% of the fights end within the first five minutes.Persons who are proved to be betting are severely punished by a temporary or permanent expulsion from the tournaments and a prohibition to participate in further matches.In Cuba the tradition is to fix detachable natural (non-artificial) spurs to both legs of the fighting cocks.Before fixing the detachable spurs, the natural spurs should be trimmed, leaving a trunk not longer than 3 millimeters.Cocks are given the best of care until near the age of two years.They are conditioned, much like professional athletes, prior to events or shows. Cockfighting is a blood sport due in some part to the physical trauma the cocks inflict on each other, which is sometimes increased by attaching metal spurs to the cocks' natural spurs.
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The spikes typically range in length from "short spurs" of just over an inch to "long spurs" almost two and a half inches long.
In the highest levels of 17th century English cockfighting, the spikes were made of silver.
The first documented use of the word gamecock, denoting use of the cock as to a "game", a sport, pastime or entertainment, was recorded in 1634, after the term "cock of the game" used by George Wilson, in the earliest known book on the sport of cockfighting in The Commendation of Cocks and Cock Fighting in 1607.
But it was during Magellan's voyage of discovery of the Philippines in 1521 when modern cockfighting was first witnessed and documented by Antonio Pigafetta, Magellan's chronicler, in the kingdom of Taytay.
Comb and wattles should be previously trimmed but feathers should not be necessarily groomed as well, although tradition imposes an extensive feather trimming.