OK so I had a rooster that turned really mean. I've tried several of the tactics that people have suggested and they work great for me but not for my 3-year-old son. Two days ago my son had his hand on the run fence and the rooster attacked him and drew blood. Luckily my son wasn't hurt much, just a slice on one finger, but that was enough for me. By the way this was not the first attack on my son but the only one that made physical contact. The rooster was also starting to charge the fence at me when I would go in to feed the ducks too. So today with the help of my hubby we dispatched the rooster and we have both come to the understanding that processing a bird is not for us. I turned white and got light headed and my hubby was sweating buckets. Though we got it done, it is highly likely that neither one of will ever eat it. I know what a waste but I just can't do it. Now I'm wondering about keeping chickens at all. What am I supposed to do with old hens? I don't want to nor do I even think of my chickens as pets. They have a purpose to fill and that was for eggs and meat. I don't know of anyone in my area that can process chickens for me, so I'm stuck. I asked hubby about it and he reminded me about how much money we spent on building the coop. I just said that with some minor alteration and a very very thorough cleaning it could become a "tree house" for our son. He just shrugged his shoulder to that one. The animal welfare is 99% my job, since I'm a stay at home mom. So the final say on animals is mine but I'm so torn on the issue.