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   Popularity of backyard chicken farming is causing an overabundance of cock

24 Nov 2012 07:09 AM   |   5778 clicks   |   Washington Post
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Buffet     
Russell Crowe - Funny.

24 Nov 2012 07:12 AM
Spuddy345     
RugbyJock?

24 Nov 2012 07:13 AM
Smoking GNU     
GOP goes where?

/can't seem to find that pick

24 Nov 2012 07:15 AM
redundantman     
Being highly-trained in the comedic arts I sense a double-entendre in this headline.

24 Nov 2012 07:16 AM
Tanthalas39     

redundantman: Being highly-trained in the comedic arts I sense a double-entendre in this headline.


huhuhuhuhhhuhuhuhuh, backyard.

24 Nov 2012 07:27 AM
JustGetItRight     
Problem solved

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24 Nov 2012 07:27 AM
neongoats    [TotalFark]  

JustGetItRight: Problem solved

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They did mention in tfa that the less squeamish just eat them.

24 Nov 2012 07:31 AM
Mr. Right     

neongoats: JustGetItRight: Problem solved

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They did mention in tfa that the less squeamish just eat them.


And if there are too many roosters running around, it appears that the real problem is an over-abundance of squeamish people.

24 Nov 2012 07:38 AM
thorthor     
Sure as long as you can smile and say "now that's some tasty cock".

24 Nov 2012 07:38 AM
publikenemy     
If you castrate the rooster it becomes a capon, and they produce a different taste which many people favor. Rooster meat is tough, while capons get fat and tender.

24 Nov 2012 07:43 AM
UseTheForksLuke     
Stewed Rooster:


  1 Plucked and Cleaned Rooster
  1 Fifth Bottle of Brandy
  1 Fifth Bottle of Burbon
  1 Fifth Bottle of Vodka
  1 Fifth Bottle of Gin
  1 Fifth Bottle of Rum


Place Rooster in Large Roasting Pan.
Pour Brandy, Burbon, Vodka, Gin, and Rum over Rooster.
Place in Pre-heated 325° oven and baste occasionally for one hour.
Remove Rooster from juice and throw Rooster away.
Drink the Juice!


Adapted from ''Stewed Goose'' Recipe..

24 Nov 2012 07:47 AM
ginandbacon    [TotalFark]  

neongoats: JustGetItRight: Problem solved

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They did mention in tfa that the less squeamish just eat them.


We've been thinking about getting some hens (roosters are illegal) and the meat is part of the cycle to my mind. They stop laying at about 3 years and for the dual purpose breeds that's just when the birds have really good flavor. But I HATE plucking. It's nasty stinky dirty work. Some people actually skin their birds to avoid having to pluck them but then you lose a lot of the fat...also, Baltimore rats strike me as able and willing to steal all my eggs. As do some of my neighbors, frankly.

24 Nov 2012 07:48 AM
HBK     
So the professional chicken folks keep the rooster/chicken ration at 1:10. What do they do with the other roosters? Kill them?

It seems killing them would be best. Second best would be selling them to cock fighters. Least best would be keeping them in your backyard to ruin all of your neighbors' mornings.

/finding them a home would be optimal, but per the article, nobody wants them.

24 Nov 2012 07:54 AM
chaosangel     
We live in an area where lots of people keep chickens & in general, I really like it. There are some beautiful birds
wandering around. But then a neighbor close by got a rooster. That damn thing didn't just crow in the morning, it went all day long. First I cheered on the mutliple feral cats, then I started practicing with my hubby's air riffle so I could make a humane kill. I SO would have plucked & cooked that thing! But some else beat me to it.

24 Nov 2012 08:03 AM
katerbug72     
We ended up with an unwanted rooster with our chicks. We kept him for awhile but he was trouble so my hubs offed him. We had 50 meat chickens this summer and 20 layers. We are now down to 6 laying chickens.

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This is my girl, Zelda


That's the unwanted rooster back there in white.

24 Nov 2012 08:08 AM
killiemary     
Last year I hatched some eggs I bought online and out of a dozen only 2 hatched, they turned out to be COCKS. I gave them away for free on craigslist. Some guy named Juan gladly took them. Don't know what his intentions were with them, I was just glad to have them gone. Then I bought 4 female chicks already hatched. The hens are a delight and each gives an egg a day. I think everybody should have a few hens. There's a difference from a thin shelled store bought egg and a nice brown egg that you know what the chicken has been eating.

24 Nov 2012 08:10 AM
Nick Nostril     
The market is already ahead of the law, as evidenced by the growing cottage industry of backyard chicken Web sites, magazines and accouterments.

Accouterments?! What is that shiat ?!

24 Nov 2012 08:10 AM
katerbug72     
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oops, Farked my last picture. Both these chickens are now in chicken heaven.

24 Nov 2012 08:12 AM
some_beer_drinker    [TotalFark]  
well played, sir.

24 Nov 2012 08:21 AM
GranoblasticMan     
Have these people seriously never had good coq au vin?

24 Nov 2012 08:27 AM
LordOfThePings     

Nick Nostril: The market is already ahead of the law, as evidenced by the growing cottage industry of backyard chicken Web sites, magazines and accouterments.

Accouterments?! What is that shiat ?!


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24 Nov 2012 08:27 AM
tillerman35     
As God is my witness, i thought chickens could fly.

/they can, actually. Not very well though.

24 Nov 2012 08:41 AM
BarkingUnicorn     
This is why chicken farms have chicken sexers: guys who can separate male chicks from females and toss the males down a chute, at the bottom of which is something like a wood chipper.

24 Nov 2012 09:07 AM
neongoats    [TotalFark]  

BarkingUnicorn: ...a wood chipper.


Why do I get the feeling that that's not as happy as it sounds?

24 Nov 2012 09:10 AM
It's a Lazer Beam     

tillerman35: As God is my witness, i thought chickens could fly.

/they can, actually. Not very well though.


I thought that was turkeys?

24 Nov 2012 09:10 AM
HighlanderRPI     

killiemary: Some guy named Juan gladly took them. Don't know what his intentions were with them


Little Jerry!! Noooo!

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24 Nov 2012 09:11 AM
Arthurgoboom     

Nick Nostril: Accouterments?! What is that shiat ?!


Acootermints!
For your aromatic pleasure...down there.

24 Nov 2012 09:12 AM
Cyno01    [TotalFark]  

neongoats: BarkingUnicorn: ...a wood chipper.

Why do I get the feeling that that's not as happy as it sounds?


Hah! You thought they got top-hats!

24 Nov 2012 09:19 AM
Lunaville     
"Roosters often turn up in backyard flocks through no fault of the owner. Hatcheries sometimes throw a few into an order to fill out a box, and inexperienced buyers may not realize they have a rooster until the crowing begins."

The hatcheries are fully aware of what they are doing. They have employees trained to identify the gender of the chickens. Pet stores are forbidden to sell both genders of rats at the same location with fines involved in they violate that rule. Probably the same could be done with the hatcheries, if the hatcheries insist upon making it necessary.

Being from a rural area, I had boy cousins who kept roosters as pets. As long as you don't have more than three, they get along fine. I can see where having even one Rooster in an urban area could be problematic. I imagine it would elicit a lot of complaints from the neighbors.

24 Nov 2012 09:22 AM
porterm     

Arthurgoboom: Nick Nostril: Accouterments?! What is that shiat ?!

Acootermints!
For your aromatic pleasure...down there.


thats not the big breath mint in the urinal,is it?

24 Nov 2012 09:23 AM
dready zim     
They must all be women chicken farmers, they all seem to have a problem with eating the cock.

Mind you, mine is fowl.

24 Nov 2012 09:24 AM
dready zim     

porterm: Arthurgoboom: Nick Nostril: Accouterments?! What is that shiat ?!

Acootermints!
For your aromatic pleasure...down there.

thats not the big breath mint in the urinal,is it?


No, it`s the one from the urinal in the ladies...

24 Nov 2012 09:25 AM
Mad Scientist     
Soup's on!

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24 Nov 2012 09:29 AM
coffeecrisp     
Overabundance of cock?

Sounds like a: 
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24 Nov 2012 09:29 AM
cerejaninja     

tillerman35: As God is my witness, i thought chickens could fly.

/they can, actually. Not very well though.


I was surprised to find out that they can fly somewhat decently. When I was 7 or so my parents rented a cottage in a ranch-like property - They had chickens roaming around freely and those slept on top of a tree every night... the tree was pretty tall, it was kind of impressive that the chickens could get to the top branches. (the branches did start low, so that create a bit of a ladder effect)

We had a few chickens at home ourselves, but our chickens never really attempted to fly anywhere. Lazy chickens.

24 Nov 2012 09:30 AM
Ronin_S     
I bet all those squeamish idiots will still go buy a chicken McNuggets at McDonald's.

I think if I was a farmer, I'd just head down to the shelter and pick up a few whenever I felt like it for some nice coq au vin.

24 Nov 2012 10:19 AM
DreamSnipers     

publikenemy: If you castrate the rooster it becomes a capon, and they produce a different taste which many people favor. Rooster meat is tough, while capons get fat and tender.


A good tough rooster is ideal for Coq au Vin. One stews him in wine to tenderize him. Delicious!

24 Nov 2012 10:38 AM
NoSugarAdded     

Lunaville: "Roosters often turn up in backyard flocks through no fault of the owner. Hatcheries sometimes throw a few into an order to fill out a box, and inexperienced buyers may not realize they have a rooster until the crowing begins."

The hatcheries are fully aware of what they are doing. They have employees trained to identify the gender of the chickens. Pet stores are forbidden to sell both genders of rats at the same location with fines involved in they violate that rule. Probably the same could be done with the hatcheries, if the hatcheries insist upon making it necessary.


Keep in mind that the hatcheries are selling chicks that are less than a week old at time of sale. Some breeds are sex linked, meaning that the male and female birds have different colored feathers. For the non sex linked birds, the trained experts are not 100% accurate, which people end up receiving a few meals in a box of layers.

If you buy from a store that sells chickens and lets you pick up the ones you want.
1. Don't because they're all pretty much diseased and need to be medicated
2. Don't pick the largest chicks because they're more likely to be roosters

24 Nov 2012 10:42 AM
PacManDreaming     

JustGetItRight: Problem solved


That's what we did with any unwanted roosters.

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Or, you could just put all your unwanted roosters in the same pen. They'll sort things out themselves.

/don't do that

24 Nov 2012 01:13 PM
gumpy     
If you are not prepared to kill o rooster then you should only buy point of lay hens.

24 Nov 2012 02:04 PM
The One True TheDavid     

Mr. Right: neongoats: JustGetItRight:

Problem solved

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They did mention in tfa that the less squeamish just eat them.

And if there are too many roosters running around, it appears that the real problem is an over-abundance of squeamish people.


Is it often illegal to catch, kill and eat a freely-ranging rooster?

I'd be surprised if it's legal anywhere: in some localities you're not allowed to hunt or trap squirrels or rabbits. Some won't even let you hunt rats, say with a slingshot. In Spain in the 1930s starving peasants were beaten or shot for picking up acorns or olives from the ground.

By the way, I hear trolls taste like cock.

24 Nov 2012 03:06 PM
brantgoose    [TotalFark]  
Well, everybody knows what the solution to an over-abundance of cock: hold a sausage (making) party.

In the Middle Ages they castrated young male pullets before they grew spurs and made them into "capons", which, like a human pre-pubescent castrato, became fat and feminizied.

Mmmmm ... capon!

By the way, those "cornish game hens" are not a breed of chicken but merely very young, small chicken (pullets). That's the main reason they cost twice as much--they could be sold at twice the weight if they were allowed to grow to full slaughtering age.

Chicken was once a luxury. A rooster or hen would only be slaughtered after living a long full life. Most of us have never seen one of these but cock soup is made with real cocks in places like Jamaica. Even as recently as the early Twentieth Century, many Americans could only afford a chicken once a week, i.e., the tradition of a Roast Chicken Sunday Dinner.

The Roman Catholic tradition of meatless Fridays was the result of lobbying of the Pope by Iberian (Portuguese and Spanish),fishermen who were losing sales due to the increase in wealth among medieval peasants, who were becoming rich enough to eat chicken and geese (chicken being rather recently introduced from India via the Middle East and Crusaders). People were forced to eat fish or go entirely meatless on one day a week and the fishing fleets were saved long enough to fish out European fish stocks and discover the Grand Banks of Newfoundland at least a century before Columbus "discovered" America again, possibly with hints as to where to look for it.

24 Nov 2012 03:11 PM
The One True TheDavid     
Both my dogs have watched the neighbor's chicken flock, one big gray rooster and a clutch of red clucks. The 7 year old Pomeranian is afraid they'll escape the yard and peck him, while the 7 month old Border Collie/Jack Russell mix wants to herd and play with them.

They all look tasty to me.

24 Nov 2012 03:15 PM
Bobbi Wickham     
Castrate it and have tasty, tender capon, or wait till it gets old and make coq au vin.

24 Nov 2012 03:42 PM
LiberalEastCoastElitist     
I have not eaten chicken in over ten years, but I can tell you I have explicit fantasies about killing my neighbor's roosters. One of them likes to start up at 10:30-11:00pm and gets the whole neighborhood going. The don't crow at sunrise. They crow at first light, which is pretty much the middle of the night as far as my sleep schedule is concerned (prolly 4:30am).

/(I'm not in the states right now, in case you're wondering).
//slashies

24 Nov 2012 04:10 PM
CptnSpldng     

The One True TheDavid: Both my dogs have watched the neighbor's chicken flock, one big gray rooster and a clutch of red clucks. The 7 year old Pomeranian is afraid they'll escape the yard and peck him, while the 7 month old Border Collie/Jack Russell mix wants to herd and play with them.

They all look tasty to me.


That pup's going to grow up to be way too smart to be a dog and not smart enough to be anything else.

24 Nov 2012 04:15 PM
DownDaRiver     
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24 Nov 2012 04:40 PM
Mr. Right     

The One True TheDavid: Mr. Right: neongoats: JustGetItRight:

Problem solved

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They did mention in tfa that the less squeamish just eat them.

And if there are too many roosters running around, it appears that the real problem is an over-abundance of squeamish people.

Is it often illegal to catch, kill and eat a freely-ranging rooster?

I'd be surprised if it's legal anywhere: in some localities you're not allowed to hunt or trap squirrels or rabbits. Some won't even let you hunt rats, say with a slingshot. In Spain in the 1930s starving peasants were beaten or shot for picking up acorns or olives from the ground.

By the way, I hear trolls taste like cock.


Don't know about the legality of it in cities and towns. I'd bet that blasting away with a 12 gauge would be frowned on - and wouldn't improve the bird much either! But I would bet that the person who bought the birds and found out that the chick sexer had made a mistake would be allowed to quietly cut the head off and no one would be the wiser. Which is why the article probably referred to squeamishness. A lot of folks who enjoy eating chicken don't have the stomach for what it takes to get said chicken from farm to plate. 

A couple of suggestions above can be found to take a tough old bird and make coq au vin. An excellent idea! Have done that a few times with old hens that have stopped laying or roosters whose increasing nastiness has led me to seek revenge. Use the meatier parts (legs, thighs, breasts) for the coq au vin and all the rest plus the skin (coq au vin is best skinless, IMO) for a tasty stock.

By the way, I have no opinion on what you've heard, having no experience in that matter. Or were you still talking about chickens?

24 Nov 2012 04:41 PM
Psycoholic_Slag     
Everyone keeps tossing around coq au vin like that is the only way to deal with an old tough chicken. We raised chickens when I was a kid. Throw those tough old roosters in the pot for chicken and dumplings or just plain old chicken soup.

coq au de l'eau biatches!

(Don't know or care if that is the correct French term)

24 Nov 2012 06:30 PM
LordZorch    [TotalFark]  
Chickens aren't pets, they are food.

24 Nov 2012 09:42 PM
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