Originally Posted by RangingChicks
We are moving next year and plan on getting chickens. I would love having a rooster but I don't like the idea of having fertilized eggs. What are your ideas on neutering roos? Would the rooster still protected the flock? Would he still mount them? Can you house him with other rosters? And would he still crow? Thanks!
You can do it........And the result will be called a "capon". They can be "caponized" by either surgically removing the testes, or with the use of estrogen implants. Either way their sex hormones are no longer effective.
I'm not sure if he would protect the flock or not, but I would assume he would act more like a hen since his sex hormones are no longer effective.
He will not mount the hens.
Capons should be housed with OTHER capons or hens. He will no longer want to fight, and will probably loose out to any challenging roos.
He will still crow, although less often.
I'm not sure how much it costs to have a rooster caponized, but you can get a kit for 35 bucks here. Murray McMurray also sells a kit for about 50 bucks. That is, if you want to do it yourself. Bear in mind that there is a high chance you could loose the rooster if the person doing the procedure doesn't know what they're doing or does it wrong. The procedure is also highly invasive and painful for the chick. It is recommended you practice on dead birds first........
I'm not sure if you would be able to find someone to do it for you, or if a vet would, but if you've never done it or seen it done before that would probably be the best option.
You said you don't like the idea of fertilized eggs. What is it you're worried about specifically? They won't hatch unless you put them in an incubator or a broody hen sits on them for 21 days. Besides the fact that fertilized eggs have a little tiny bullseye mark on the yolk they don't look any different from an unfertilized egg. They don't taste any different. They won't even start to develop an embryo until a hen sits on them or they are otherwise incubated for 3 days. Really, I think caponizing a roo just to avoid fertile eggs is a little over the top. I have 15 roosters in my flock and I'm sure all the eggs I sell and eat are fertilized, but no one has ever complained, and they taste exactly like any other egg.
Best of Luck,
Ms. B :)