The Humane Harvesting of a Very Loud Rooster


| 2/26/2013 11:36:07 AM


Tags: culling hickens, harvesting chickens, killing a rooster, Wendy EN Thomas, Lessons Learned from the Flock, Wendy E. N. Thomas,

This post is going to be about the humane harvesting of a rooster. There are going to be photos along with detailed instructions on the process.

For those who choose not to read the rest of this rooster killing post, I’ll leave you these parting words… it’s wasn’t as bad as we had imagined it would be. 


Let me begin with the fact that culling a bird is not a fun process. Killing anything is not pleasant, (yeah, I’m the sort of person who feels bad about killing bugs, if I can move them outdoors I do) but if you are going to be a responsible backyard chicken owner who has neighbors, then you need to know how to humanely kill a bird, in this case a loud, aggressive rooster.

I can think of no quicker way for towns to revoke the right to have chickens in your backyard than to have a group of anti-rooster-noise people gathered together in protest. Although I firmly believe that you have a right to own chickens in your backyard, I also believe that neighbors have a right to some peace and quiet and while a crowing rooster during the day is rather bucolic, one that is crowing at 2 or 3 in the morning is, well, NOT.

We’ve tried very hard to not have roosters, but sometimes they slip in. Our first few roosters were when we bought some exotic chicks. We thought the smaller, more petite, ones would be females. We were almost right, but out of 6 chicks we ended up with 2 roosters. Those are not very good odds.

We’ve bought sex-linked birds in an effort to keep roosters out but if you take that one step back, by buying the sex-linked birds, you are just destroying the roosters earlier (the wrong color chicks are destroyed right after birth.) Six of one, half-a-dozen of another.

wendyenthomas
2/28/2013 10:08:23 PM

Dave, Thank you for your kind comments and support. Although its not something I look forward to doing, at least I know now, that I can if I have to. (although, not sure I could *ever* do the bunny thing. :-) Wendy


nebraska dave
2/28/2013 4:58:29 AM

Wendy, you're not alone with the life of having animals especially for food. I helped with the harvesting of rabbits once. The owners of the rabbits asked if I could be the one to actually do removing of life from the animals. They had become so attached to the gentle fuzzy little things that they just couldn't do that part. Once that was completed they didn't have any problem completing the process. I was not around them during the raising so I was some what detached from the whole process. I've never really raised animals to eat myself so haven't had to deal with the emotion that goes with the demise of the animal. Although we had lots of chickens during my growing up years, Mom was the one that processed them all. My job was just cleaning out the coop after the chickens were gone. Have a great rooster less quiet day.





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