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preparing to cull cockerels
#1
I'm running out of room so I'm having to get myself prepared to cull a group of 11 wk old Welbar cockerels. Anyone else having to get themselves "prepared"?
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#2
Never an easy time,but unfortuneatley a responsibility we have if we hatch.

Good luck,be strong x
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#3
I have 3 x 9 week old Favorelles which will have to be culled very soon indeed. Just waiting for one to be chosen to go to his new home with Claire then the rest will have to go. I choose a day when I am on my own then steel myself to march straight to the growers pen. Catch the ones to be culled and get it over with straight away. Then have a coffee and shake for the next half hour. I HATE doing it.
Today is the First Day of the rest of our lives.
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#4
Me too, I have advertised a couple and am still hoping someone might want them. But if not then.................. <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/sad.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Sad' />
It never worries me when I get a little lost, all I do is change where I'm going
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#5
I had to cull my araucana last week due to peritonitis, one of my quail died with a stuck egg today and I think one of my hybreds will have to be culled if she doesn't make a recovery after her latest round of soft shell now followed by looking very poorly and pooing egg yolk with no shell.<img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/sad.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Sad' />

Never a pleasant thing but 3 in less than 2 weeks is horrible.

You at least know they are happy and well to the end.
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#6
Yes I have 2 Black Australorp cockerels that have to be done this week. anyone know of a way of plucking them that doesn't ruin the feathers - was thinking some of them might look cool on a hat!
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#7
[quote name='Adele' date='02 August 2011 - 03:48 AM' timestamp='1312253329' post='239635']

Yes I have 2 Black Australorp cockerels that have to be done this week. anyone know of a way of plucking them that doesn't ruin the feathers - was thinking some of them might look cool on a hat!

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dry pluck rather than wet pluck and you should be ok.
You've only got one life - live it!
squizzers
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#8
[quote name='goldilocks' date='01 August 2011 - 09:39 PM' timestamp='1312234768' post='239630']



You at least know they are happy and well to the end.

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Absolutely, I'd rather do it here myself and know the end was quick and humane. It is our responsibility and it will not be sherked, but I so HATE doing it. May need a tot of something stronger in the coffee afterwards. I will be keeping just the one from this lot for myself.
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#9
[quote name='Claer' date='02 August 2011 - 03:35 PM' timestamp='1312295741' post='239682']

Absolutely, I'd rather do it here myself and know the end was quick and humane. It is our responsibility and it will not be sherked, but I so HATE doing it. May need a tot of something stronger in the coffee afterwards. I will be keeping just the one from this lot for myself.

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Well done for taking the responsibility, I know many people don't ever think about the lads when they hatch and just set them loose or dump them, out of sight out of mind, which is rotten. They don't know what's about to happen and they have had the best life up till then, so many chickens are born into miserable conditions, live in miserable conditions and die in miserable conditions. Your lads are very lucky indeed.



Why can't we develop autosexing eggs? Now that would be a real "post it note" moment!
If they can be taught to hate, they can be taught to love.
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#10
Claer - your welbars - large fowl or bantam? Any chance of some pics?
You've only got one life - live it!
squizzers
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#11
[quote name='Squizzers' date='02 August 2011 - 09:21 PM' timestamp='1312316500' post='239727']

Claer - your welbars - large fowl or bantam? Any chance of some pics?

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You are *such* an auto-sexing groupie, Squizzers <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' />



I have started to develop a few contacts who want to take my excess boys on for fattening for the pot. I would rather do that than cull them wastefully.
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#12
Its like he knows!!



I planned to cull my cockerels early this week but with having the flu and my daughters birthday today I haven't got to it yet. Decided definitely tomorrow or friday though... This morning I heard the first ever crow.. and boy then did he take of in an aria of crowing! It's like he knows whats coming and doesn't want to die without having experienced the morning wake up the neighborhood song. <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':lol:' />
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#13
[quote name='Chez' date='02 August 2011 - 10:03 PM' timestamp='1312319027' post='239738']

You are *such* an auto-sexing groupie, Squizzers <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' />





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<img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/tongue.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Tongue' /> Someone has to be their champion! You can blame Zoe - she started me off with them! <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':lol:' />
You've only got one life - live it!
squizzers
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#14
Sorry - late reply, didn't realise thread had been moved!

The birds are LF.


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#15
The unpleasant job has been done. All went ok without mishap, and although I hated doing it, at least all was quickly done.
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