Hi all. I have 2 or 3 Blue Laced Red Wyandotte cockerels. You can see the two here that are for sure cockerels and one that is for sure a pullet. The pullet is on the left and the two cockerels are on the right. Their saddle feathers are waaayy too long for them to be pullets. There's another one, not pictured, that I'm also thinking is a cockerel. They are Blue Laced Red Wyandottes. About 6 months old. Weight unknown...can weigh them tomorrow or Saturday. No crowing or eggs from any of them yet What I'm wondering is this: 1. When is the best time to butcher them? We are going to do it ourselves at home...Should we do it now, or should we wait until they start crowing? Once they're crowing they for sure have to be butchered because roos are illegal here. 2. Can we break their necks before slitting their throats to let them bleed out? Seems so much more humane. Instead death then bleeding out, vs. slowly dying through a large cut in their necks... My utmost concern here is that their deaths are as quick and painless as possible. I've raised these guys since they were day-old chicks. I will not be around when they are killed and I will not eat them(vegan), but my family will. I can, however, help process them...getting off the feathers, etc...as long as the heads are gone. I know, you all must think I'm weird, but I need to be able to emotionally disconnect to be able to help with that. I will probably be crying but I think I can do it. Thanks in advance for your help, everyone...any tips would be greatly appreciated, we've never done this before.