HELP!!!!! Mean Rooster

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by aplynn, Jan 29, 2016.

  1. aplynn

    aplynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a rooster whom unfortunatly is a wee bit OVER PROTECTIVE of his ladies. It is at a point where I can't touch the hens at all (and they LOVE to sit in my lap outside and chill with me or anyone willing to let them sit with them) without him violently attacking me. My 5 year old son can't go near the coop at all and my oil delivery guy, UPS driver, and now as of last night the local pizza delivery driver will not get out of their vehicles at my house if he is out, they honk in the driveway. This roo is gonna hurt someone,

    SOOOOO, after he ripped my leg and arm apart yesterday my hubby has decided that Mr. Roo dies today. MY PROBLEM, we have never culled a chicken before and I do not want him to suffer. I need the fastest, easiest, and most humane method of culling a chicken. I do not like him, but I am human, and I do not want him to suffer.

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  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    lop off his neck with an axe - immediate and no suffering

    CT
     
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  3. aplynn

    aplynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is what I thought my husband seems to think just cutting the jugular and letting it bleed to death I told him absolutely NOT gonna happen.... I watched a video of someone doing that and the chicken was most deff feeling what was going on and I cant do that
     
  4. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    It's not pretty, but a hatchet and a stump is the fastest, and in my opinion most humane, way of killing a chicken. One sure swing and it's over in seconds. But, there is flopping and blood. Another quick way is a killing cone and a good, sharp knife. There will still be blood but that and the flopping will be a bit more contained. It might help you to mosey over to the meat bird section of the forum to read more about that.

    Good for you for keeping your little one, yourself and others safe.
     
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  5. vsmenagerie

    vsmenagerie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We use the hatchet and wood block method. We have the same problem as you and are taking care of him today. Not only is he attacking us but he's gotten way too rough with the hens and I found one with a gash on her side. I tried giving him time to calm down as he's only a year old but now it seems my calmer boy feeds off this ones aggression and that just won't do.
     
  6. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    Personally, it takes quite a bit more arm strength than I have to control the hatchet. However, your husband can probably handle it. Pound two nails firmly in the stump about an inch apart, so that you can hook the head in that and stretch the bird out slightly so as to hold the head in place, and swing the hatchet so that it lands just below the head.

    I do cut the jugular with a very sharp razor blade. If you have ever been cut like that, there is very little pain, they just get very tired and gently go to sleep, without quite as much flopping as with the hatchet method.

    It is one thing to KNOW they are dead, but the expression "running like a chicken with it's head cut off" is not just a metaphor.

    Mrs K
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I use a cone and jugular cut to kill and bleed birds to eat.....
    .....humane can be subjective, you are still going to be killing something, it's not easy and there will be lots of movement even after clinically dead.
     
  8. aplynn

    aplynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a local guy who will teach people how to do it and my husband and I have had every intention of hooking up with this guys it was one of the things we talked about when we decided to get chickens was that if we could not learn to cull them ourselves we would not be getting them. Now I wish I had already gotten in touch with this guy he is gonna use this nasty roo to teach us how to cull but not until this coming weekend. Hopefully after that we will have dabbled a little in most things chicken LOL
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Great!

    Do you have a separate enclosure where you can seclude cockerel until the deed is done?
    I had to do this my first winter with chickens....luckily I had designed a temporary wall to split coop with people door access just for this purpose.
    Rogue cockerel spent winter in coop partition until I got set up to butcher...partition is great for growing out chicks and other isolation needs.
     
  10. marlo101freddy1

    marlo101freddy1 Out Of The Brooder

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    whack his head off with an axe! [​IMG]
     
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