We have a large 18 month old RIR rooster that had to go. He was ok for awhile after rooster reform school, but has recently decided to be mean to all his girls, and wait for opportune moments to attack us. He would drag the hens around by their heads, and be just plain nasty to them. So we finally made up our minds to get rid of him and by that I mean send him to "the big chicken coop in the sky." DH was all set. The plan was to whack him a good one to stun him and then wring his neck. DH is a goose hunter and has lots of experience with large birds and we both felt this would be the best way to dispatch of him. DH went to the coop to get him off the roost just after sunset. So far so good. DH took him out behind the shed after we both explained why this must be done to him. Two minutes later, the roo comes staggering out from behind the shed as fast as his legs will carry him, screaming his head off! Somehow, the stunning part didn't work quite as long as we had hoped and he managed to get away while DH was getting him situated. We now have a mean, ANGRY roo that is on to us, bagocking his fowl head off and we can't get within 10 feet of him. After chasing him around for 10 minutes, we realized that that was futile so we stopped to regroup and discuss our options. Shooting him is out because we live on a hilltop and there are too many neighbors. Our fishing net is not on the premises, the only hope we would have of catching him. Meanwhile, the roo is still bagocking and screaming- probably calling in every coyote for 5 miles around. The 2 large owls that live on our hilltop have come in close to investigate. After full darkness has set in, we hear him go crashing into the woods. We both feel terrible, but we decide to leave him out and see if we can find him in the morning. I hope we can't find him in the morning. This was not our finest chicken raising hour. P.S. Amidst all the bagocking, screaming, and growling the hens didn't make one peep back to him. That surprised me. I thought they would call back to him from the coop. Must have been enjoying a bully free evening!