Getting Rid of Unwanted Chickens…

“I have enjoyed the many insights provided in the newsletter. I currently live in the city and am not able to raise any chickens. I do miss the more than 50 chickens that I had when I lived in the country. There have been several references to culling unproductive hens and roosters. Where does a city dweller who dislikes homemade chicken soup dispose of them?” ~ Cleotha Dinkins

Hi Cleotha,

Thanks for your question.

If you are living in the city, in the country, or somewhere in between, and need to find a home for your chickens, you may have to do a little bit of work but it shouldn’t be too hard to find a home for the chickens you need to cull and don’t want to butcher.

Obviously the first step would be to find someone you personally know that would like to take them from you.

Secondly, I’d suggest posting in a local listing that you have birds to offer. It is hard for me to be specific because we have readers from all over the world but let me share what options I would pursue in my area if I were in that situation;

I believe Craigslist.org is pretty far reaching. In my area, you can sell animals in that venue but I’m not sure that is allowed everywhere so you’d need to check your local Terms Of Use. It’s free and gets a lot of traffic.

I would also look to see if you have any local poultry clubs that might have members interested in taking your birds off your hands for you. For a little bit of research and a phone call or e-mail, your problem might be solved.

Most feed stores have bulletin boards where you can post that you have birds in need of a home.

A veterinarian may be able to help you locate a suitable home as well.

Whether you ask a price or give the birds away, please be completely honest. Let potential buyers know the condition of your birds, their age, their temperament and the reason your getting rid of them.

By all means, do not sell, or even give an aggressive chicken to a family with young children, especially if they have never kept chickens before.

One last thought; Cleotha as I read your question, I’m not absolutely sure if you’re asking what to do with live birds or birds that are no longer living.

If you are referring to dead birds, you’ll need to check with your local governing agency to see what is allowed by law as far as their disposal. That will vary from place to place.

I hope this has answered your question.

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