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Rooster Stew?
updated: Nov 30, 2012, 10:06 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

I need to find a home (or maybe an oven) for a rooster.

This year we began raising chickens for eggs and entertainment. All hens, we thought. But one of them has turned out to be a rooster, and a noisy one. The nieghbors have been polite so far, but he wakes up early and he's loud. He's young still, and only started crowing this week.

The animal shelter, I've heard, is not taking birds anymore. I don't know how to slaughter a chicken, but maybe someone at Edhat does. Even better, maybe someone has a place to keep him.

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 SHARON93111 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 10:31 AM

Have you contacted the animal shelter? Have you contacted the humane society? Have you hopped on line and seem if there are any farm animal rescues in the area?? Good look...He is a handsome bird!


 COMMENT 348740 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 10:43 AM

The typical way is to use a hatchet or use "killing cones." (you can find directions on how to make them with an internet search). I prefer the cones. After killing the rooster let it bleed out by hanging it on a clothes line(takes about 5 minutes). After its bled out dunk it in a large pot of hot water ~150f this will make plucking the feathers much easier. After the hot water dunk, pluck the bird which can take some time. After that you want to clean the bird under cold running water and get rid of the uneatable parts. You want to make sure all feces and other nastiness is removed so it is safe to eat. At this point you can break the chicken down into different parts and remove the gizzard and other eatable organs. Lots of good info on the web. The processing part sounds gross but it's actually not too bad and you end up with a tasty backyard bird!


 COMMENT 348746P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 10:47 AM

There was a lot of discussion on edhat earlier about a rooster - perhaps you can find it with a search? There were suggestions, I remember, including closing a rooster in at night. ...I have a friend who does that, she brings the rooster into a shed at night to an animal carrier, and he's quiet.

As far as slaughtering, if you do decide to do that, you can wring his neck....

Sharon, ever since the Animal Shelter seized the birds from the unfortunate woman off San Marcos Pass, there's no room for any more birds, they say. ...I suppose you could put him in a box at night and leave him at the door --- and, hopefully, one of the kind people there would make an exception for him.


 COMMENT 348752 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 10:51 AM

Most chick sellers will take it back...of course it's probably not going to that happy farm in the sky via that route. My neighbor lives in the county and has many roosters, likely from people like you. How about some pics of the coop setup for those of us looking to join the poultry revolution.


 COMMENT 348762 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 10:59 AM

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!


 COMMENT 348787 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 11:38 AM

Soak a bunch of ground corn in beer or wine and feed it to the chook before putting the blade to it - they are much more relaxed before the "get it", plus the meat tastes a whole lot better.


 COMMENT 348799P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 12:05 PM

Years ago I had a friend who raised some chickens from a bunch of leftover lab chicks he got from UCSB.

A bunch of them turned out to be roosters. So one night he and a couple of friends gathered them up in a van and took them to Hope Ranch. They found the home of a gentleman farmer with some livestock and tossed them one by one over the guy's fence.

You might try that.


 COMMENT 348805P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 12:10 PM

Chick-Fil-A! They should be opening soon.


 COMMENT 348813 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 12:30 PM

Coq au Vin is perfect for roosters (Barefoot Contessa's is the best). I applaud people who (even unintentionally) raise their own food - circle of life and all that.


 SBBEEBOY agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 12:39 PM

Is this the same rooster that you were taking literary license to on your facebook page?
How about the Wooden Rooster?


 COMMENT 348826 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 12:58 PM

People discussing how to kill a chicken on Edhat? This is a new low.


 COMMENT 348831 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 01:04 PM

Yes some people in SB/Goleta actually eat..meat and poultry. Crazytalk, I know.


 SBSURFERLIFE agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 01:04 PM

This isn't one of my favorite threads but I don't think there's anything wrong with it. I eat chicken and I'm thankful for the farmers who make it readily available for me to eat.

EMUREN- even though you don't agree, Edhat still has a right to post this and community members have a right to ask.


 COMMENT 348847 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 01:26 PM

I'd rather eat this rooster than one raised on a factory farm, which is why I eat about a 90% vegetarian diet.

Eating animals is a part of nature, and as humans are omnivores, meat is PART of our intended diet.


 COMMENT 348850 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 01:32 PM

What's next, then? A discussion on the right way to dress a deer? Or slaughter a pig? On Edhat? Really?


 SBSURFERLIFE agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 01:47 PM

@ Emuwren, If someone asks, sure why not. If we were in a rural area with more farm land, then this would be a common topic.


 COMMENT 348862 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 02:00 PM

I have to say that I have found this to be very educational - There have been more cruel and inhumane topics discussed on Edhat in the past. I appreciate those individuals who have shared their knowledge with us. I agree with @sbsurferlife - Great point!


 COMMENT 348866 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 02:03 PM

I honestly think that if people had to kill and prepare their own food, they might have a bit more respect for the animal that gave it's life so that they could survive. I sure did after learning how to properly clean a fish.

The part I really have a problem with is the animal killing you don't hear about. The stuff that is truly barbaric and done in huge numbers every single day on factory farms.


 COMMENT 348870 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 02:11 PM

I can provide deer dressing instructions if needed.

This topic is completely appropriate on Edhat. People are making changes to their diets including growing and raising their own food. It is then necessary to learn how to humanely kill and prepare the animal for consumption.


 COMMENT 348882 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 02:20 PM

Oh, look at that beautiful little face....don't think I could kill a beautiful creature with a personality all his own. He's just doing what he was born to do. It's one thing to buy an "anonymous" chicken already packaged in the meat market and another to slaughter one you "know".

Somebody out there must need a beautiful rooster.


 COMMENT 348898 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 02:40 PM

He would make a beautiful roaster.


 COMMENT 348925 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 03:19 PM

SBSURFERLIFE. Operative word there being "If."

To all of you who have shown your lack of compassion for this hapless rooster, I say I am glad I wasn't raised to have so little humanity and respect for our fellow earthlings.

And I'd bet the farm (yes!) that next to none of you would be capable of killing your own meat. I know that millions of chickens are killed worldwide, as chicken is the most eaten animal. However, I chose to love my fellow animals and not eat them.

Factory farms exist because humans chose to ignore the cruelty and suffering of chickens, pigs, cattle. If this thread is any gage, it looks to me that most Edhatters responding here are those who refuse to acknowledge from whence their dead animal flesh originates.

How sad for the non-human animals, and for the humans who are content to eat tainted, hormone and antibiotic-injected flesh.


 COMMENT 348952 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 03:43 PM

I always here veggies talking about "dead animal flesh" as if being dead somehow makes it worse. Would they prefer us humans (omnivores) eat "live" animal flesh?

And by the way, factory farms exist because every meat-eating human in the world cannot support and maintain their own individual farm in their backyards. Imagine if they did?

Either way, a very interesting topic indeed!


 COMMENT 348971 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 04:24 PM

You've got to be kidding me. Try HARDER to find this poor creature a new home, please.


 COMMENT 348984 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 04:54 PM


I'm not sure how you even equate eating a rooster like this to something raised on a factory farm. I think you are really missing the target here. If you want to make a difference, take it up with a company like Tyson, they are the ones who really disrespect and mistreat animals.

Personally, I'd rather (and have) kill what I'm going to eat, it puts a lot more meaning behind it than simply driving down to the store and getting a chicken breast that came from a chicken living in it's own filth. Both for the sake of the bird's lifestyle and my own health.

If you choose to not eat meat, that's great, I applaud your decision. It doesn't, however, make you the only person in the world who knows about compassion towards animals.


 COMMENT 349028 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 07:14 PM

984: It's so fun when people exaggerate things to the point of ridiculousness.

I never touted myself "the only person in the world who knows about compassion toward animals." I merely wrote how glad I am that I was raised with more humanity and respect for other animals. Being a vegetarian holds no hardships for me. Losing all of that guilt was very freeing. (Let's leave the vegan issue for another time, please. I am no paragon, as I wrote.)

Please read back through the thread, and see comment made by 847. That's who brought up Factory Farming.

Of course I have had contact with Tyson over the years. You must understand, I'm sure, that people who eat Factory Farmed chicken are thereby complicit in those animals' torment and horrible sad lives.

You personally would rather kill all the animals that you eat? How closely do you follow that tenet?

Do you think that Edhat should hold discussions on how to kill one's pet? What if I posted that my dog/cat/turtle/cockatiel/bunny rabbit/hamster had out-lived its usefulness or had somehow put a crimp in my lifestyle? And what if I wrote that I wanted to kill that pet for food, since it could be an edible commodity, too, couldn't it?

Please instruct me on asking how to kill your pet rooster for food is different from soliciting advice on how to kill your pet hamster or cat? Is it a moral issue? Is it because we don't view certain animals as food items? Do you think Edhat would put up a post asking how to kill and eat any other species of pet animal?

I reiterate: asking advice on how to kill animals is not for Edhat. It's not news. It's not a political discussion. It's not a referral. It's certainly not funny or provocative, unless you equate "provocative" to mean "offensive." It promotes animal cruelty. It condones animal cruelty. Shame on the poster and shame on Edhat.


 COMMENT 349044 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 08:17 PM


I am the same person posting (847 and 984). You equated people who eat factory farm animals to people who eat meat like this rooster, and stated we have "little compassion" and no "humanity".

I would rather kill all animals I eat. I stand by that 100%. I stand by it mostly because I'd prefer to know what I eat, and I don't eat meat every day. I understand the energy required by different parts of the food web and would like to be conscious of my impact.

I would have no problem learning how to properly prepare any animal for consumption, I hold no animal in higher regard than any other. Many countries in the South Pacific eat dog. Any animal (including humans) are a food item to someone or something. If one chooses to view a specific animal as more or less of a companion than another, that is their problem.


 COMMENT 349066P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 09:16 PM

Impressive level of discourse here. I just overworked the "Agree" button. I am an omnivore and agree that one should be able to kill it if they are going to eat it. I haven't done it yet; if anyone wants help with a slaughtering, I'm willing.

(Yes, you can dump any animal on the county shelter. Its mandate is to take every animal, and your tax dollars support the community's irresponsibility. It's a GREAT way to get rid of and avoid paying for ancient, dying and/or cancer-ridden pets, unplanned litters and parvo-infected puppies.)


 COMMENT 349077P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 11:49 PM

Ah that explains the new morning noise. Valdez and Covington area?


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