If you let your chickens run free at all, it is easy to hang on to some of the extra roosters during the summer. But come winter time, you will have to feed them. Let’s face it. There will always be an excess of roosters, so it is better to cull them when they are young and good soup makings. Not to mention, your hens tend to be less harassed and the early morning hours less war-like.
My husband has worked out a good system for backyard chicken butchering. It may not be what you want if you have a lot of birds that you are putting in the freezer, but it is great when you just need to take care of a few roosters.
The few tools are low cost and probably stuff you have around the house. I wrote about my latest chicken butchering experience in detail for D&B Supply a couple of weeks ago. Don’t wait until it is uncomfortably cold outside. “Take care” of your roosters now and save your grain for chickens that lay eggs.