I hatch several chicks every spring at school with another teacher. They all come back to live on my little farm. Inevitably (of course) I end up with some roosters. I can't decide what to do with them. I love all animals and believe all deserve a chance to live. We collect eggs, but I don't raise chickens for meat. I need some advice as to what options I have for the roosters. Right now, I free range all but a few of them that stay with the hens in large coops. The problem is, they slowly disappear due to predators. I don't have enough hens to keep all of the roosters occupied, so my hens end up getting beaten up if I keep all the roosters cooped up too. I live in Texas, and around here roosters are used for food, fighting, or fish bait. Selling them would almost definitely guarantee death. I feel like that by letting them free range, they at least have a chance at living. They have plenty of shelter and brush and trees to roost and hide in, and I do take care of them by feeding them and providing water.
Does anyone have any other suggestions for me? I have only been raising chickens for about 3 and a half years. Please be nice! Thank you!