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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by dozen chickens, Mar 20, 2008.
Send them to a roo sanctuary?
Would not want to live near that at 5am!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Arlee hit the nail on the head-they have no choice. Until an egg can be sexed the problem with excessive males will exist.
Right now I'm looking for homes for 7 Roos. I know they will be "dinner", I just can't bear too raise up my babies and eat them .
I purchased straight-run chicks and I know there is no way they will all be pullets. I fully intend on eating the extra roos. KFC
Quote:Yes and No. Most people do want the pullets because they want eggs which does not require the roo. That will cause the inbalance on the ordering for sure. However, we as consumers are also bound by laws as to what we can have and cannot have in the places we live. Most often roos are not allowed. Unless you are fortunate enough to be out in the country with acres...you will have restrictions. Certainly in the city limits there are. I have read laws as well as neighborhood covenants that specifically state "No roosters allowed in the neighborhood".
Sad really but fact nonetheless. I think the article went overboard in naming names...there will be attorneys involved in this one yet. LOL
I have no problem with any aspects of farming. I slaughter birds, hogs, scoop poop and am even starting a worm farm, but I have to tell ya I saw video of how this happens in some hatcheries on You Tube and its disturbing. Its very disturbing to see them alive stacked by the thosands in garbage bags still chirping. I think this is something that needs to be regulated. Its my understanding there are laws in place in the UK, they have to be humanely euthanized, but I don't know of any here. I'm not going to post links to the videos I've seen here, because it would be disturbing for some of the younger folks that are here, but you can look them up if you want to.
I don't know that there is a solution for the neccesity of having to destroy these birds, but I am a strong believer of quality of life for farm animals, regardless of their age, or purpose.
Ooo, I think they'll regret naming some (yet not all) names...
BUT it seems to me that people oughta be aware of, er, the mechanics of how hatcheries can sell sexed birds.
And you know... although some methods are certainly less humane than others, at the end of the day you're faced with the sad fact that chickens produce a roughly 50/50 sex ratio but one sex is MUCH MUCH more valued than the other. And there's just no practical way of supplying as many pullets as people need and *also* finding 'good homes' for all the cockerels.
Either people take responsibility themselves for dealing with (one way or another) all the cockerels that are hatched to supply the pullets they want, or the hatcheries do it.
Until someone figures out how to sex eggs (and I'm not talking about snake-oil schemes you see on ebay ) I think that all responsible chicken owners have to be aware of and confront that dilemma.
Pat, who for the record is buying straight-run from a small local hatchery and will sell or eat the surplus males.