To Cull or Not to Cull

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sarahs31, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. sarahs31

    sarahs31 In the Brooder

    Apr 20, 2008
    Waukesha, WI
    Ok, here's the scoop. I ordered 5 Welsummer Pullets and 5 St Run Welsummers. I got 8 cockerals and 2 pullets. Yeah, long story. So now I have too many cockerals in my flock. I have 30-15 wk old chickens in a 12x10 coop and I need to make some decisions.

    My first immediate one is I have a roo that's down. He's on the floor, alert but hobbles and drags his wing. I'm thinking he may have a broken wing, it's floppy and there were a LOT of black wings on the floor. Could they be fighting seriously already? Any ideas?

    Now the rest of the boys. I'd like to keep two so that I can perhaps hatch some Welsummers. What do I look for in a roo and what would you do with the rest. I can't think that Wellies could be that meaty....Would anyone pay a couple of bucks for them? Ideas?

  2. chicksahoy

    chicksahoy In the Brooder

    Dec 24, 2008
    as far as getting rid of the other roosters, no one can really ship birds w/out there being shock and trauma. so unless you can find someone in your area who will take them, eat 'em up. what to look for in a breeding rooster:
    1. perkiness
    2. clear eyes and shiny feathers
    3. no split wing, (gap in the wing feathers when they are spread out)or squirrel tail p.s. this is only a partial, to start off with list of what to lookfor as i am, by all standards, a novice
    best of luck,
  3. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    You'll only need 1 roo with just 2 hens, the usual ratio is 1:10-12. And yeah, with that many young roos together with just 2 still immature pullets, there's going to be fighting for sure!

    I'd put the hurt guy in a separate cage, and then separate the other roos from the pullets. Put them 2 or 3 to a cage, if you can. They can fatten up for the next 3-5 weeks and be ready to process. They won't be as meaty as some breeds, but certainly worth the effort to process. Around here folks pay $5-$10 for unwanted roos for meat.

    Once you separate your pullets from the cockerels, you can experiment with putting 1 guy at a time back in with them, to see which one you like the best.

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