I have a very unsavory task ahead of me this week. We have a ton of roos and they need to go. I started out with one very nice gentleman, an Iowa Blue named Rocky. Well, he had several sons. One was by a standard hen so is big like him. We have 40+ hens so that wasn't so bad. The freakin banties have reproduced like crazy, slipping in to the barn only to emerge 3 wks later with a load of babies. Of course, half of them have been little roos who have since grown up and became nuisances. With fall around the corner we are thinking about cleaning up the barn, getting everyone ready for winter. I cannot have all these roosters running around, esp when we will be containing the chickens a little more strictly. Some of the favored girls are practically bald, we have let this go on too long.
We raise pigs and I'm not opposed to eating our farm critters if that is what was intended. I just don't have the heart to cull these guys. I will get it done, I just won't like it. If they are like the last ones, no amount of stewing will make them edible so I feel like it is a waste. I guess I just need a little encouragement;) Lori