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Shooting a rooster?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by BatonRougeChick, Mar 2, 2014.

  1. BatonRougeChick

    BatonRougeChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know it's not ideal. But has anyone killed a rooster with a .22 rifle? If one were to do this, where is the best place to shoot?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    A head shot would provide the cleanest kill.
     
  3. 3KillerBs

    3KillerBs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree on the head shot -- especially if you want to eat him.

    But why waste a bullet and risk a poor kill rather than using one of the normal methods?

    If you must shoot him, I'd think that a shotgun with a pellet load suited to game of his weight (gun shop people should be able to advise you), would be better than a .22 because you don't have to be Annie Oakley to achieve a clean kill.
     
  4. ChickenLegs13

    ChickenLegs13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After a rooster attacked me one time I grabbed a 22 from the truck and popped him in the head. Only because the gun was closer than the axe.
    I wouldn't use a shotgun unless you don't mind biting into lead pellets when you eat him.
    I prefer a hatchet, sure, safe & effective.
     
  5. ScottyChic

    ScottyChic Chillin' With My Peeps

    I can't believe anyone shoots a cockerel when they need to kill it.

    My Husband has needed to put a few out of their misery and has always wrung their neck.

    He's done this to our Rhode Island Red, Maran and another breed also.

    Yes they do have strong necks but it is a quick way to end their suffering.

    I would not try this with a goose though.
     
  6. ScottyChic

    ScottyChic Chillin' With My Peeps

    If it was in attack mode, I would wait until sunset then take it out of it's sleeping quarters - one swift grab and snap.

    Done

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  7. BatonRougeChick

    BatonRougeChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My rooster is in attack mode even in the dark. This is why I want to kill it without having to handle it. I guess of actually have to hit the brain to have a successful shot with a .22? Definitely don't want to use a shotgun because he's going to become gumbo which I'm entering into the gumbo cook off at work!
     
  8. ChickenLegs13

    ChickenLegs13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't be chicken of a chicken, just grab him and wring his neck or whack his head off!
     
  9. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The problem with shooting them is they won't bleed out as well as cutting their throat or whacking the head off. I would use the 22 if I were gonna shoot it not a shotgun. I'd wear a good pair of gloves and grab him once you catch him and hold him upside down by his feet he won't be fighting much
     
  10. BatonRougeChick

    BatonRougeChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, thank you all for the tips!
     

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