We culled our first bird today. She was our 17 week old Buff Laced Polish with a cross beak. We called her Cross (obviously because of her beak). She was a sweet girl and we are all sad but now it was the best for her. She was no longer keeping up with the other birds as far as size and her beak was a constant caked mess. She would make such a mess trying to eat and drink that her chest and neck were constantly wet looking. She only ever stayed in the coop and never could enjoy most of the treats the flock was given because of her not being able to peck at stuff with any success. My girls said they understood that we were doing what was best for her as well as the group as a whole but now one of them is crying and constantly bringing it up. UUGH!! It was definitely the right thing to do so all is well.