what's "culling"

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Lisa202, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. Lisa202

    Lisa202 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok...I know this is going to sound stupid, but i just read a post where someone said that they culled a mean rooster. So I assumed that it meant killed, but when I looked it up, it says "to collect, gather, pluck"???[​IMG]
     
  2. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    Generally, it means to remove a bird from your flock. Whether it's by killing, selling, giving away, etc. - it's up to you.
     
  3. alicefelldown

    alicefelldown Looking for a broody

    Aug 18, 2008
    Culling can mean a lot of things.

    For a mean rooster it could mean freezer camp (aka, butcher and process for human consumption).

    It could mean killing and disposing of a sick chicken.

    It could mean being removed from the breeding pen (for qualities you don't want to work with) and re-homing the bird.

    It it used for different specific meanings, but they are all basically the same - to remove the bird from its current flock.


    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cull
    Definition of CULL vt \\ˈkəl\\

    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
     
  4. theFox

    theFox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok...I know this is going to sound stupid, but i just read a post where someone said that they culled a mean rooster. So I assumed that it meant killed, but when I looked it up, it says "to collect, gather, pluck"???[​IMG]

    Cull means to separate into two (or more) groups with the intent to dispose of the groups with the least desirable characteristics (disposal method unspecified) the normal method is disposal by killing when applied to livestock or wildlife.

    Having the offspring of a mean rooster usually is considered to result in mean chickens. Also a mean rooster is danger to the other chickens and people especially young children.

    Meanness isn't a trait you want in chickens.​
     
  5. chicken farmer

    chicken farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yea i was wandering what cull ment too...thanks for the info.
     

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