Culling?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by shellybean40, May 15, 2010.

  1. shellybean40

    shellybean40 Songster

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    Okay, I am a new chicken owner and I keep reading about culling. I do know you are talking about ending the chicken's life. But, in what way do you cull? I was just curious......
     
  2. greathorse

    greathorse Songster

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    Most breeders when using the term cull are simply talking about removing the bird from the breeding pen and doing something different with it. It can mean selling it to a layer flock, using it in a layer flock, taking it to an auction etc. A lot of folks on this site refer to culling as killing which it certainly can be.

    I believe that the most humane way is to use a sharp knife or ax and take off the head.

    There are many other ways to do it as well. Some folks use a sharp scissor for chicks. Some feel comfortable with the use of co2 one can make up from some concoction.. I dont do it so dont know the mixture.

    Hope this helps
     
  3. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

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    What Greathorse said.
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Yes, what greathorse said. Culling doesn't always mean to kill. It means to remove from the flock or herd by killing, selling, re-homing, etc.
     

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