FYI? Big Delores is an light Sussex I got from Marq as an adult. Not sure of her age but I've had her at least three seasons and she's the only one laying. Point? If you're considering getting some you might like them. I have no rooster but she seems content with the EE's and goes broody every year.
Anyone know how Marq is doing selling off her birds?
I've some postings on CL myself but I get the folks who don't want the roosters and I'm not going that route. Too I wonder who these folks are that don't want roosters. They just had a raid in Oneida I think of a trailer that had a bunch of animals in poor conditions. The news said they got some of the animals off CL.
Please folks if you find yourself slipping over the edge into becoming a "collector" ask for help. Don't let things get out of hand. If you need a hand send up a flare. I'm sure you can find someone who will give you a hand in trade of some kind.
I have no trouble giving roosters away to folks I know will eat them. (I have a guy who will take your roosters if you need them gone) Since I can't predict how many will hatch when I do hatch I also don't mind giving chicks away. I know there are folks who have more room than I do. When folks ask how many chickens I have I do round down but things ebb and flow here so it's hard to keep count.
One reason I post the sales that Country Max has on shavings is so folks can stock up like I do. They usually have a sale twice a year.
I'm guessing what you're seeing is A. people with certain ordinances in their cities (or close neighbors, or rental terms), B. people who are strictly getting them for the eggs, or C. people who don't want to deal with the chick situation, period.
I'm all three for the moment, and we try to keep things symbiotic (AKA we give 'em a safe place and feed 'em nice things, they give us eggs and lend a beak with the garden), but when we finally can move out to the country we'll be much better equipped to home multiple roosters. And actually, breeding back the ability to coexist reliably with other roosters throughout various heritages is one of our future goals so that mass cockerel culling isn't a necessity - I know someone on Craig's List has Barnevelders already maintaining that ability.
Different folks, different strokes.