Originally Posted by pluotsmom
Hi there! Newbie here. Unfortunately I don't raise chickens (yet-haven't made the plunge), so please bear with me as I know nothing about them. I am looking for free rehoming for 3 roosters in the Sacramento Area. (I am not yet eligible to post on the BST Animals in Need of Free Re-homing forum). Because of her financial and difficult living situation, my mother's friend will need to find a new home for her 3 roosters. She is close to them, like family. Obviously she wants them to go to a good environment. I will get more information from her but wanted to scout out the potential availability of a new home for them. What information would you need to determine if you want to or could take them? I know they are a few years old and three different breeds, I believe. Any information you could forward to me so that I could ask her would be great. Thank you so much!
Whenever you are rehoming cockerels, the more information provided the better. To start, you'll want to list their breeds and exact ages. Next, describe their personalities and list their names (if they don't have names, make some up - the cuter and more charming the better). Really go all out, describe their favorite activities or treats (Does one seem to enjoy lying in the sun and dust bathing more than the others? Does another go completely crazy for a certain treat, e.g. raspberries or mealworms? Make sure to mention any specific traits or quirks they have! Make them seem like very fun and likable animals, full of character!). Mention that they are for pet use only. This won't deter all people looking for meat fowl, but it will chase away some of the more honest ones. Now, and this is the most important part, get a very, very good picture of them. No one is going to look at a picture that looks like it was taken with a potato and think "Wow! What a handsome bird, I've got to have him!" Enlist the help of a friend with a passion for photography if you have one. Don't take a picture in an ugly setting either - put him somewhere pretty. Background does impart a lot of character to the image!
Once you've got it all written up and the pictures are taken, put them everywhere! Craigslist, local poultry Facebook pages, here on BYC, and of course print out some physical posters and put them up everywhere that has a bulletin board, especially feed stores. The more exposure the better.
Now, this advice only applies if they are non-aggressive. If they are aggressive, there's not really any point trying to rehome them. Even if someone does take them, once they find out they are aggressive they'll likely be regimes again and probably eventually butchered - no point involving someone else in the process if the same outcome is inevitable.