We lucked out finding homes for our two unwanted cockerels even though we loved them - we're not zoned for roos! In advance - before getting chickens - I lined up a couple people who would take an unwanted chicken should we get a roo by accident or a mean bully hen. We found an egg seller who would take the laying bullies and another farm that takes unwanted cockerels or battery hens to give them a forever home. It's good to research in advance before suddenly trying to figure out what to do with pets you don't want to see butchered. Both of our cockerels were dolls and we certainly didn't want to see them on a cuisine menu. A Silkie breeder near us gives her beautiful cockerels away free no questions asked and that's the pits about hatching eggs or being a breeder. Nice if you can get $$$ for cockerels but no one wants a crowing pet chicken and some of those Silkie boys never shut up. We tried to keep our boy he was so sweet but ultimately had to give him up. Even on big acreages some crowing cockerels can sound miles away. It just takes one neighboring property to complain for the authorities to shut down a backyard flock. Better a cockerel goes into your own soup pot than someone else's for all the time and money you invested in him. Keep researching and you might be lucky to find a farm who will have the space to take another cockerel.
I still get sad about giving away this young Partridge cockerel 5 years ago!
This Breda boy was mistakenly shipped to us with issues and broken toe quills. After nursing him and finding what a sweet cockerel he was a friend took him to her rescue farm and has made him the family's indoor-outdoor pet chicken!
Truly, GL to all of you looking for forever homes for your cockerels! Post your success stories so we can be relieved that not all unwanted males go to the freezer.