He was a crower that kept waking us up and none of the options were all that good.
Most of these options have been gone over in one of our previous rooster based posts. We decided to give him a nice last day and then do what we felt should be done and give him a quick release from this non rooster friendly plane of existence.
It takes one rooster to tend to 20 hens. A brood of eggs usually produces 50/50 hens to roosters. It probably works towards natural selection. Older weaker stock gets ousted from the flock and the younger stronger Roosters keep breeding. It's like that with almost any species.
We don't want new stock, as of yet. We are hoping for a nice peaceful flock of layers. It wasn't easy or necessarily pleasant dispatching our rooster. Now that we have we are making the most of what we have.
Now, with the smells wafting from the oven Andy McKee coming from the radio, a flowing bottle of wine from the neighbors vines and my beautiful wife making a salad from the garden, it all feels just about right.