We've gotten a little over-roostered at our place, with eight roos to service about 40 layers*. They were starting to fight with each other over the women, and several of the "favorite" girls have started to get broken feathers and semi-bare spots on their back. Normally, I kill chickens by hanging them in a cone and cutting their throats, and I did do one of today's that way. But, I discovered a problem this time: when there's a 2.5 acre field as the chicken yard, it's pretty hard to catch a rooster who doesn't want to be caught. After about 15 minutes chasing these guys with my wife, I decided I'd had enough and went inside for the .22. I have to say, having now done two chickens with the rifle, it was WAY easier than going through the whole cone thing. It was pretty graphic, with a lot of flapping and spraying, but they were both good clean headshots and I'm pretty sure the roosters were dead instantly. My only regret is that the gunfire scared all the other chickens for a few minutes. So take note: if you live in the sort of place where it's okay to fire a gun in your back yard, a rifle is a pretty good easy way to dispatch a chicken for cleaning. The boys are now resting in the refrigerator, waiting for the roaster. * We also have about 10 more up-and-coming roosters who will be old enough to mate in a matter of weeks.