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Does anyone in central Texas caponize?(Waco/BCS area)

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Hello all,

I have a small mixed flock of Pullets that I keep as pets/egg layers. These are in part the kids' pets and as such I don't want a rooster who will be aggressive with them when they are playing in the run(also my wife is freaked out by the idea of eating fertilized eggs). I do want a Rooster as part of my flock because I love to hear the crow. I have called no less than 14 local vets and animal hospitals trying to find someone who can caponize with no luck. If anyone has any information for me it would be greatly appreciated as I have a 4 m/o Buff Orpington that I'll have to get rid of shortly if I cant get him 'fixed'.

 

Thanks,

Cal

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Caponizing is not really something I recommend for pet birds. It is typically done to production birds (and I'm not even sure how often that occurs in industry) but it's a risky procedure and messes up the bird's hormones and metabolism so growth rate is increased. Caponized roosters essentially become "hens". They will stop crowing and develop more rounded, hennish feathers.

Buff orps are a rather docile breed and many of my roosters were quite friendly. Not all roosters are aggressive. The few of mine that became nasty got sent to the proverbial soup pot.

There's nothing physically different about a fertilized egg other than some extra DNA. I know some of the aversion is just due to the icky factor, but maybe you can convince your wife to just try it out and see!
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I've had customers say they are grossed out by the fact that my hens eggs are fertilized. hu.gif there really is no difference. The eggs have not been incubated and are no longer viable after they are washed and refrigerated.
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I caponize my extra cockerels. You should know in advance that capons will not crow. Also at that age, I think most would recommend against it as the likelihood of success will be very low. The ideal age is 3-8 weeks.

 

I learned from this thread - everything you could ever want to know:

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/675898/graphic-pics-of-my-day-learning-to-caponize/2440#post_16745164


Edited by gregaai - 3/31/16 at 12:24pm
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