Of the sexed Ameraucana chicks I purchased, one was rooster. I had an some idea when its tail feathers were longer than the other and a prominent saddle at 14 weeks, but all doubt was removed when I heard his announcement of the sun’s arrival, and continued the celebration throughout the day.
The rooster had to go. I wasn’t expecting to cull any of the chickens this early, but I had a plan – just in case. I found two videos that were extremely helpful. One can be described as technical. The other, wholesome.
To end a creature you raised almost from the beginning was unique. I opted to let the rooster rest at my lap until it calmed down. After saying a few words of thanks, and an apology, I sliced it’s neck with a freshly honed cleaver, and allowed him to bleed into a bucket lined with a black trash bag. As the bird’s last wiggle left its body, I broke the neck with a nimble flick of my wrist.
De-feathering, and gutting the carcass was straight-forward. I wouldn’t have been as successful without watching the videos. I let the chicken rest overnight, and had the best chicken I ever had in a long time. Thomas Keller’s version was a hit.
I intend to raise some broiler chickens next year. Maybe some Freedom Rangers I’m really looking forward to the fresh, delicious meat.