Agri Vehicles Insurance from Greenlands

Author Topic: Dispatching Bantams  (Read 9111 times)


  • Joined Jul 2008
Dispatching Bantams
« on: August 16, 2010, 03:07:21 pm »
We have 3 bantam boys that we are unable to give away or sell so the prospect of them being culled is growing ever closer. I'm a bit sad tbh as i would of preferred them to go on and be breeding birds for other people however that plan isnt working too well,If they are culled then i will put the meat to good use (altho i cant imagine theyre will be much) the question is - are they best dispatched the way you would dispatch a "normal" hen/cockeral? I have done this before but only once,i used the wring its neck method and it worked really well. Any advice/tips are appreciated.


  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Clackmannanshire
  • Qui? Moi?
    • ABERDON GUNDOGS for work and show
    • Facebook
Re: Dispatching Bantams
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2010, 03:55:00 pm »
I don't remember what area you are in, Kier, but is there anyone nearby who could advise you?  Sorry I can't help, I'm a wimp and will only kill one of my birds if it is in distress/ill.
Always have been, always will be, a WYSIWYG - black is black, white is white - no grey in my life! But I'm mellowing in my old age


  • Guest
Re: Dispatching Bantams
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2010, 10:32:54 am »
carnt do it ether


  • Joined May 2009
  • Peak District
Re: Dispatching Bantams
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2010, 12:00:55 pm »
I know we all end up with more cockerels than needed, but there seems to be so many around, and people struggle to rehome them.  Culling them is the route a lot of people go down.  But I cannot do it myself, thats why I have lots of cockerels. 

I had a silkie hen with what looked like mareks disease.  I asked the farmer who rented our land to dispatch it.  He admitted he was ok with turkeys, and hens, but had never pulled the neck of such a small bird.  I closed my eyes while he did it, but unfortunately he treated it like a big bird, and apologised when he handed me back the silkie with a detached head!!

So, think maybe there is a slightly different way of dispatching a bantam, to avoid what happened to mine.

Buffy the eggs layer

  • Joined Jun 2010
Re: Dispatching Bantams
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2010, 01:43:56 pm »

  I have managed to find a home for my bantams so have avoided this. I have found some useful info on the internet by searching" how to humanely dispatch a chicken" It seems that the method is the same for a bantam as a larger bird but without as much force.

There is a man in warwickshire who homes cocks, check out "unwanted poultry rehomed" on this site or The Poultry Site.

Good luck,



  • Joined May 2009
  • Peak District
Re: Dispatching Bantams
« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2010, 10:09:47 am »
Good you have managed to rehome your bantams!!

I have seen that mad advertising, and there is another one around too.  Goodness knows how he manages to rehome all the cockerels he takes in,  - he must be inundated with people wanting him to take them.  I have the view that I  reared the cockerels, and they are my problem, and its not fair to ask someone else to take them on, and try and rehome them.  :D


  • Joined Jun 2009
Re: Dispatching Bantams
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2010, 07:36:28 pm »
Maybe he runs a restaurant business on the side! ;) :yum:


  • Joined Oct 2008
Re: Dispatching Bantams
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2010, 07:43:09 pm »
I have just been to a poutry auction today and the cockerals were going for between 50p and a 1 a piece.

Buffy the eggs layer

  • Joined Jun 2010
Re: Dispatching Bantams
« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2010, 04:24:18 pm »

     its something that I am going to have to do if I am to keep letting my hens hatch chicks. Another ones gone broody this week. Unfortunatly she is a bit ditzy and she spoiled \ ate the majority of the 6  eggs I gave her earlier this year. So I dont think its worth putting any more under her. She is also very stroppy with my other birds chicks if there is food around so I wouldnt like to put chicks under her incase she decided to attack them.

  You can buy a dispatcher which crushes their necks which would probably be effective on youn bantams. If you prefer to wring their necks then I think the best way to learn how to is to get someone who knows how to do it to show you what to do.

Good luck!



  • Joined Feb 2010
  • NW Leicestershire
Re: Dispatching Bantams
« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2010, 05:59:38 pm »
Don't wish to rain on any parade. I took my 6 light Sussex cocks there. I naively thought they were going to be re homed unloaded then asked.. They were going in the pot. As he said what can you do with unwanted cockerels??? Maybe as yours are small it'll be different. I felt guilty tho as it was really up to me to sort them in my mind if they were dispatched and I wimped out.


  • Joined Dec 2009
  • wirral
Re: Dispatching Bantams
« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2010, 08:42:38 pm »
so hes filling his freezer with free chicken? bit of a misleading ad that people will want to find new homes rather than kill the chickens but their gonna be killed anyway,after you took them there too.


  • Joined Feb 2010
  • NW Leicestershire
Re: Dispatching Bantams
« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2010, 10:10:41 pm »
I can't speak for what happens to other cocks but it turned out that yes that was what was going to happen to mine. So yes a bit misleading but tbh I  was told the truth when  I asked outright. Hubby was cross when he found out said he'd have loaded them back into the crate but again tbh we're looking for an answer to the problem of what to do with unwanted cockerels. He provided a solution not quite what I thought though so I just wanted to make it clear to others this isn't necessarily a rehoming option.


  • Joined Jun 2008
Re: Dispatching Bantams
« Reply #12 on: August 20, 2010, 05:32:14 am »
To me this is the problem many would be "farmers" amongst us come up against we find it hard to differentiate between self sufficency and pet keeping, i'm lucky that i was brought up amongst animals, used to helping at the "pig killing", turkeys/ geese, at xmas, pet lambs to buy school clothes ,etc,  my wife on the other hand !!?? found it hard to eat the free range eggs!! and imagined a wee fluffy chick inside every one , She is slowly learning , now its ok if its been in the freezer ,she reckons it is'nt so personal if it comes out a plastic bag .


  • Joined Feb 2010
  • NW Leicestershire
Re: Dispatching Bantams
« Reply #13 on: August 20, 2010, 08:08:32 am »
You're absolutely right confused. I have to say it's actually made me face up to the fact that if I hatch eggs I have to take responsibility for dispatching the cockerels. I did actually keep 3 1 cause I wanted to keep him and 2 cause they were limping a bit so thought they'd be difficult to rehome.. Anyway I've decided that 1 is for the pot this weekend. It'll be difficult to do it I'm sure but I'm sure the chicken will taste nice and at least I will be sure he had a brilliant life and his end will be swift and painless.

Buffy the eggs layer

  • Joined Jun 2010
Re: Dispatching Bantams
« Reply #14 on: August 20, 2010, 10:16:53 am »

    I didn't know that the "unwanted poultry rehomed" place in warwickshire was where the cocks ended up on the table! When I phoned to enquire I pointed out that my bird was not show quality so I wondered if he would still be interested. He said that wasnt a problem but it needed to be 24 weeks old. I would have felt a real idiot if I had traveled all that way to provide some one with a sunday lunch. ( well mine are bantams so it would be a very small lunch)

   I dont have a problem dispatching my birds or eating them but I just dont know how to do it and dont want to do a bad job and cause my birds any pain and distress. I think I need to find someone to show me how its done then I can know that my birds have ended their days as they have lived them, with care and respect.

  Your posting has made me wonder how many people respond to those "cockerill FTGH" adds for reasons other than to give the birds a good home. I think its better if I dispatch my own birds as I will know exactly what has happened to them.

  Thanks again for the info, you have really given me some food for thought.



After dispatching a Duck

Started by donny (7.6)

Replies: 13
Views: 5000
Last post August 04, 2009, 09:34:36 pm
by northfifeduckling
dispatching chickens?

Started by little blue (7.6)

Replies: 12
Views: 6407
Last post August 08, 2011, 05:45:23 pm
by little blue
dispatching hens

Started by Kier (7.6)

Replies: 2
Views: 2322
Last post April 20, 2010, 02:08:37 pm
by Kier
Dispatching Chicks

Started by Daveravey (7.6)

Replies: 9
Views: 3553
Last post August 28, 2010, 11:17:20 pm
by Declan
dispatching cockerels

Started by Buffy the eggs layer (7.6)

Replies: 13
Views: 10201
Last post January 28, 2011, 06:45:37 pm
by daddymatty82

Forum sponsors

FibreHut Energy Helpline Thomson & Morgan Time for Paws Scottish Smallholder & Grower Festival Ark Farm Livestock Movement Service

© The Accidental Smallholder Ltd 2003-2023. All rights reserved.

Design by Furness Internet

Site developed by Champion IS