If you have chickens whether it is backyard or all over the farm there will be times when you need to cull a chicken from your flock. Culling is the process of removing from the flock any chickens that you don’t want anymore.
These could be old or sick or lots of reasons to cull a chicken. This article from Timber Creek Farmer goes over many of the times you would need to cull a chicken from your flock. How you cull is another story but I think the two most used methods are either using the axe to chop of the head which is fast and humane. Some other prefer to have a cone that hangs from a line like a clothes line, you set the chicken in the cone upside down with the head out the cone point.
The using a very sharp knife you cut the veins in their throat. Some say they seem to go to sleep as the blood drains out of them. They will flop around after you have killed them but it is just the nerves firing. While some folks find it distasteful to kill the chicken you could always ask someone else to do or hire someone.There are times when a bird needs to be culled. If you raise chickens for meat then you need to cull all of the birds that will be going into the freezer. This article doesn’t cover culling for meat.
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