Not to ruffle any feathers .... but isn't it a little unresponsible to breed these animals in the first place if you have no contingency plan in place for which to apply your surfeit of unwanted offspring? I only mention this because this is a question/dilemma that is often asked/faced here on BYC: What to do with unwanted roos? What to do when I hatched out 7 and I can only keep 3? I only wanted hens but now I have all these roos! If one is using their animals for a food source, this never seems to come into play but it seems to come up quite often when these animals are viewed as pets. If they are indeed pets, then shouldn't the same rules apply that society seems to apply to cats and dogs? Spay or neuter, which in this case is difficult. So, the answer would seem to be stop getting breeding pairs...buy drakes only or hens only. Hatching your own for the sheer pleasure of hatching and having ducklings? Then take utmost responsibility in this plan and have a definite destination for your unwanted drakes. A final destination. Ordering a straight run because you feel it is more humane than all those roo chicks getting destroyed at the hatchery? How is that any different then rehoming them on CL? Are you certain, when they are gone from your care, they are being treated humanely? Dying humanely? I know this won't be a popular view but I look on this new fad of keeping chickens as pets quite the same as all the other fad pets that people seemed to flock to~pun intended~ over the years....with just as little in mind for the animal's future. Remember when 101 Dalmations came out and everyone wanted a Dalmation? The shelters were full of Dalmations when people found that they didn't make good family dogs. And miniature livestock of any kind....cute but not practical and now you can't even give one away. Pot-bellied pigs? They get big...and their pigs. I see them at the shelters now and for free in the ads. Ferrets are now in rescue centers and so are many, many pet breeds of rabbits. Now I see chickens and ducks getting "rescued"? We used to eat those...no need to rescue your Sunday dinner. Doesn't anyone see the trend here? New fad, new pet, popular to have, no one prepared for the realities of dealing with said pet and now we have problems surrounding that species that we didn't have before. I suggest we stop the madness and breed responsibly...or not at all. Leave the breeding to the hatcheries or to those who know exactly what to do with their excess...and that "what to do" doesn't develop a glut on society of unwanted animals. Keeping poultry shouldn't be this stressful and fraught with agony over the welfare of "unwanted" animals....if you won't want them, don't get them. If you can read, you are sure to know that roos can be aggressive. Don't get one, or learn how to deal with it BEFORE it becomes a problem to you and your family. For the record, this isn't a rant. It is sound advice for those who find theirselves entertaining the thought of keeping poultry or waterfowl for pets. Please, please study the animal before jumping in. Please, please devise a sound plan for this animal's life, shelter, feeding, breeding, health and death.....BEFORE you buy, accept, hatch a bird. Treat this like any other pet purchase/ownership and be responsible. Another thing to keep in mind: An animal killed humanely for food or to remove it from causing other people or animals misery is an animal that is not going hungry, suffering illness, predation or dying of weather exposure. It was here and happy and now is gone and not suffering. Be strong enough to know the difference and to take that ultimate responsibility for the animal that YOU created, bought or accepted as a gift.