Genetic Culling

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by madamwlf, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. madamwlf

    madamwlf Nevermore Acres

    6,661
    36
    258
    Aug 22, 2010
    Mount Airy, MD
    For the ones who breed and show, what do you do with birds that obviously flawed? I don't mean the ones who don't meet standards but more like the ones who are deformed in some way. I have 2 silkies. One has developed a slight cross beak and the other has a hooked beak. It hooks to the right and it's quite noticeable. I've been trying to find someone to take them for free but having no luck. Do you put them down or what? I don't have the room to take care of special need chickens. I would like to breed silkies and hopefully show them next year. So what do you do with slightly deformed but otherwise fine chickens?
     
  2. GoldenSparrow

    GoldenSparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,584
    21
    163
    Mar 11, 2011
    dont kill them just for that,[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2011
  3. chickened

    chickened Overrun With Chickens

    6,398
    74
    263
    Oct 2, 2010
    western Oregon
    Most professional breeders cull discreetly. I am not a professional breeder per say but I have a person that takes all my culls for food and I get my feed costs back out of them.
     
  4. madamwlf

    madamwlf Nevermore Acres

    6,661
    36
    258
    Aug 22, 2010
    Mount Airy, MD
    I really don't want to put them down. They are sweeties but I've not found anyone to give them to.
     
  5. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

    7,480
    180
    298
    Feb 12, 2009
    Ohio
    You could make dog food. That or I trade with the Amish, they do work or trade produce for my culls. They eat they.
     
  6. DTchickens

    DTchickens Overrun With Chickens

    4,394
    33
    253
    Mar 23, 2008
    Bailey, Mississippi.
    Quote:Some would have possibly put them down at birth if noticeable, some would try to find homes and if not then put them down; others may would just eat them if big enough.

    Up to you which route you take; different people have different culling methods. I'm not going to tell anyone how to handle their birds in that situation, threads like these go down hill at times because people post from their heart (even though they are not showers, or breeders usually) and don't really try to help.
     
  7. madamwlf

    madamwlf Nevermore Acres

    6,661
    36
    258
    Aug 22, 2010
    Mount Airy, MD
    Quote:I could do the dog food thing though the whole black meat would be just freaky. Dogs wouldn't care though.
     
  8. GoldenSparrow

    GoldenSparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,584
    21
    163
    Mar 11, 2011
    can you post a pic of them?
     
  9. madamwlf

    madamwlf Nevermore Acres

    6,661
    36
    258
    Aug 22, 2010
    Mount Airy, MD
    Quote:Some would have possibly put them down at birth if noticeable, some would try to find homes and if not then put them down; others may would just eat them if big enough.

    Up to you which route you take; different people have different culling methods. I'm not going to tell anyone how to handle their birds in that situation, threads like these go down hill at times because people post from their heart (even though they are not showers, or breeders usually) and don't really try to help.

    I completely understand. I was just trying to get an idea what others do. And I'm hoping others don't take it there with the whole compassion thing. I'd like to find them homes but if I can't I'll do what I have to.
     
  10. madamwlf

    madamwlf Nevermore Acres

    6,661
    36
    258
    Aug 22, 2010
    Mount Airy, MD
    Quote:I wouldn't be able to tonight since it's already dark.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by