Please help... I got a week old poult back in May and we named her Gretchen and didn't realize she was a meat bird. We also didn't realize she was a he until July.
Gretchen is now past the age for butchering and has reached sexual maturity. He is nearly 30 pounds and has trouble walking or at least walking gracefully. He struggles down the coop ladder and today slid down and landed on his keel. I nearly cried.
Other than trying to mount our chicken hens and fighting with our other Tom, he seems to be all right. Well except for being huge. I know it can be taxing on their bones and heart but it's so hard for me to decide on euthanasia unless I know he's in pain or suffering.
What our your thoughts? Please I want to hear it all. Blunt and simple. I love this bird and raised it and I am so torn.