Originally Posted by archmichelle
I have been curious about this too. I have a single 13 week roo right now in a suburban area that I would like to keep (he has so much personality) along with my 4 pullets.
There are several things to keep in mind. First, the personality of your cockerel at 13 weeks is likely to change dramatically once he matures. This is not to say that he will turn into a monster, just that he has not fully matured and his hormines have not kicked in fully. Second, neutering, caponizing, castrating, whatever you want to call it, will very likely change the personality of the rooster entirely. It will not "keep" him in any state as you are removing one of the most important hormones in his body. He will not keep looking like a rooster as the lack of sex hormones will no longer produce the secondary sex characteristics. I am not saying that it is cruel or wrong. I think that as long as the surgery is done in a safe and appropriate way it would not necessarily be a problem but I think the owner should not have any misconception of what the resulting animal will be like.