I'm sure this has come up before, but I couldn't find it on forum. In August I purchased 2 pullets--one a giant cochin and the other a black australorp. Now they're fully grown, or very close to it and it's clear that neither chicken was what I paid for. The giant cochin is a very pretty bantam cochin. The Australorp is an enormous, gorgeous rooster. The rooster is the real problem, since I live in an urban area. The neighbors don't mind hens, but I wouldn't really want to push the envelope with a rooster. (Our city has an anti-chicken ordinance, but turns a blind eye until someone complains). The rooster has to go. The kids won't eat him. My chicken-owning friends either can't have a rooster either, or already have what they need. We are surrounded by a vast recreational green space. Would it be totally out of line to release him to the wild as coyote food? I know I sound callous, but my chickens are a charming egg-laying yard decoration. Not pets. I have a dog and cat for that. What do I do?