Is it ethical to take mean roosters to auction?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by suzpyoung, May 26, 2010.

  1. suzpyoung

    suzpyoung Songster

    Aug 12, 2008
    Temperance, MI
    I of course would disclose the surly temperament, but is it acceptable to take roosters like that to the local auction? Or should they just be culled? Culling would not be an easy task for either me or my husband.
  2. Crazy4cochins

    Crazy4cochins Songster

    Oct 5, 2008
    NW MO
    I do have one meany on my hands right now but he is going to have to go soon. The way I see it is if they are mean and nasty and you can't teach them a "lesson" as to not attack you then you need to get rid of them. I like to do mine myself because I know how I do it and I guess I'm a control freak. But the not knowing what happens to them at the auction kinda bothers me.
    You can always put them on Craigslist for free too.
  3. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Songster

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    I would take them to auction in a heartbeat. Put in a disclaimer that he's mean, but most roosters that go to auction end up as soup anyways.
  4. greathorse

    greathorse Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Northern Colorado
    I would not have the least bit of problem taking a bad rooster to the auction. If one is not aware that a birds purchased for a buck or two is not going to come with a warranty is just being naive. Now if someone should ask yes of course you would tell them.

  5. Birdgirl

    Birdgirl Songster

    Mar 18, 2009
    mean roosters are the most fertile
  6. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    If i bought an adult roo at an auction i would expect him to be mean... lol..
    What do you expect if you buy from an auction? I wouldnt expect very much...
    Last edited: May 26, 2010
  7. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member 8 Years

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    I don't think it's unethical if you disclose that he's mean. I'd hate to have some naive person buy that pretty rooster for their kid only to have the rooster attack the kid.
  8. LadyIslay

    LadyIslay In the Brooder

    Any time your remove an animal from your herd or flock you are 'culling' it, and there are a number of ways to do this (butchering, selling, gifting). It sounds like you've already decided that you need to cull this bird, but you don't know how to do it.

    Ethicially, I think the most sound choice is to have the bird butchered. If you can't do it yourself (and I totally understand), then look around for a small scale processor. Or you could advertise the bird for sale/gift on something like Craigslist saying that if someone is willing to slaughter the animal with minimal stress to the animal, that you'll give it to them.

    My thoughts are that at auction, it is "buyer beware", so sure, you could put the animal in an auction. If you are able to describe the animal as 'mean', I would do so: I don't think that I could sell an animal with behaviour problems at auction unless I knew they were being purchased by someone that intended to slaughter it.
  9. dutchhollow

    dutchhollow Songster

    May 13, 2008
    SW IA
    Around here 99.99 percent of adult roos sold at the auctions are going into somebody's pot (except for the special exotic sales, rare breeds) but there are auctions every week, and I know those are going to be eaten, so don't worry about it.
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    Quote:I seriously doubt that--where did you get that information? Temperament is heritable, to a degree, and I won't keep any mean roosters here. My biggest stud-muffin is also a sweet, even-tempered guy who loves chest rubs (he's my avatar). He's quite virile, trust me.

    I think a seriously human-aggressive rooster should be culled, though maybe some folks would want a mean rooster for free-ranging if they think he'll do a better job protecting the hens.

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