Culling roos instead of re-homing?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chicabee19, Sep 1, 2008.

  1. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    I talked to a farmer who said they would cull roos by breaking their necks as soon as their sex was apparent, rather than trying to re-home them.

    Is this common?

    Not being judgmental at all, just wondering how it's done these days.
  2. Oblio13

    Oblio13 Songster

    Jan 26, 2008
    New Hampshire
    We give away a lot of ours because they come from a good line of Marans and there are a lot of people who want to add dark eggs to their baskets. The ones that shouldn't reproduce, we eat.
  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    A lot of breeders, as soon as they see a fault, cull the bird (kill it). It is a part of breeding to perfection. Some are more strict about it than others. Excess cockerels can be a real problem as well, since much less of them are needed to work on a breed so culling early is not uncommon.

  4. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    I just culled (by hatchet) 6 half-grown roosters.

    I hatched 14 out of 15 roosters... [​IMG]

    USUALLY, I would let them grow out a bit larger so I could at least eat the meat, but in this case they were abusing some of my girls and I couldn't find anyone to take them, so they had to way or another.

    If you are breeding for a particular purpose (conformation, or for laying stock, etc) then it makes sense to cull - either by selling, giviing away, or humanely killing - your excess roos as soon as possible so you aren't feeding excess stock.

    Keep in mind that culling doesn't always mean killing - it just means getting rid of birds that don't fit for whatever purpose you have your chicikens. Culling can mean to give them away, or sell, etc.

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