What does cull mean?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jay1995, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. jay1995

    jay1995 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2009
    St. Augustine, Florida
    Sorry. I am a bit of a beginner, and was wondering what cull means. If anyone know please let me know also. Thanks.
  2. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 21, 2009
    Columbia river gorge
    Basicly its a nice way to say kill the ones you dont want. or the ones that are badly deformed. ect.
  3. cgmccary

    cgmccary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 14, 2007
    NE Alabama
    cull means to choose, select, pick.

    in chicken-anguage: which birds are you going to keep and which are you going to get rid of.
  4. DouglasPeeps

    DouglasPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2008
    Here is the definition from Merriam-Webster:

    Pronunciation: \\ˈkəl\\
    Function: transitive verb
    Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French culier, coillir, from Latin colligere to bind together — more at collect
    Date: 13th century

    1: to select from a group : choose <culled the best passages from the poet's work>
    2: to reduce or control the size of (as a herd) by removal (as by hunting) of especially weaker animals ; also : to hunt or kill (animals) as a means of population control
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  5. jay1995

    jay1995 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2009
    St. Augustine, Florida
    OH MY GOSH!!!!! How could anyone do that. I would take it to the vet or something. I could NEVER do that. WHY!!!!
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  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    When a chick is born with a defect which cannot be fixed, I humanely euthanize the little one. Most vets know nothing about chickens, unfortunately, even if I could afford one. Culling can mean to remove from the flock to ensure a quality breed line, but not necessarily to kill the bird. Some might be just pet quality and I always try to rehome them.
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  7. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    The word "cull" is used in a couple of different ways.

    First, if a person "culls" due to illness, it normally means that they humanely put the bird out of its misery. Sometimes this is the most good you can do, even for one of those beloved.

    Second, if a person "culls" a healthy bird, it is because they just don't measure up to their standards, or that they want to focus their attention on another breed. When a healthy bird is culled, it is sold or given away instead of put out of its misery.

    It is a necessary evil, but sometimes you will have to put one out of its misery.

    Edited for grammar.
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  8. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2008
    Portage County, Ohio
    Quote:We don't all look at them as total pets. Sorry, they've been raised for meat for years, and some are called Duel-purpose for a good reason. They're good layers and have a decent enough amount of meat for at least the soup pot, if not to provide a plump roaster.
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  9. 98 gt

    98 gt a man of many... chickens

    Jan 14, 2009
    Marshville NC
    I had to cull 2of my EE's because they were attacked by dogs and nearly dead and suffering... I cull because I love ( does that sound psychotic to anyone else??)
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2009
  10. noriko

    noriko Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 9, 2008
    N E Pennsylvania
    I don't really think anybody want to cull your birds with your hands. But, I think you sometime have to face it when you have some pets, firm animals. Everybody thinks different way......so you might want to be careful what you say...... I understand your feeling too, though. but, you souldn't say "how could anyone....... or something lilke that." I'm pretty sure the person who had to cull her own chick had really really a hard time. (I know I went through too.) So, I think you just can't blame the person. Noriko.

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