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All those extra roosters

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chikn-Chik, Sep 12, 2016.

  1. Chikn-Chik

    Chikn-Chik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What does one do with all those extra roosters? I have 18, yes 18! I've tried to sell them locally posting ads everywhere and pricing them super cheap just to move them.... Nothing. Not one response! And they are currently raising my feed bill beyond measures so they need to go quickly...


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  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    We eat them. If you can't bring youreeled to do that, maybe you can sell them for a couple of dollars each or give them away to someone who would like to fill their freezer.
     
  3. Braxton Brigade

    Braxton Brigade Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The few options you have is giving them away individually to people who are interested in a flock addition or to pursue giving the whole lot away for someone to butcher.

    If you have some hens/pullets to spare you could sell a few of the guys to good homes by selling them as pairs, as long as they are a purebred and or 2 different breeds that are commonly mixed you will get a fair share a cash.

    Unless a rooster is special by some means there is not much hope that you can sell them, there are just too many roosters for that.

    I had 14 roosters and gave them away in groups of 7, I actually ended up finding a guy who needs the meat and won't mind spending the extra time to get himself a cheap meal.

    Now anytime a rooster becomes a extra I just send him a text.
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Define "super cheap" ?

    I used to give roosters away. Then, I decided that was crazy, I was literally giving away my time and money. Now, roosters get turned into this....

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    and our favorite end point is this....

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  5. Braxton Brigade

    Braxton Brigade Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any price for a average roo is more than most will spend.

    I love seeing that you've made use of your guys, a fast end is much better than the constant tussling and harassing that they tend to do with one another in a grow out pen.

    Have you ever made coq au vin? That's the exact recipe I would try if/when I finally butcher one of the guys I end up with.
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Not per a recipe. I've slow cooked a rooster in a wine sauce, just winging it.

    Recipes aren't always my friend. Too distractable or someth.....Squirrel [​IMG]
     
  7. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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  8. Chikn-Chik

    Chikn-Chik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Putting them in the freezer is no problem for me, done that many times with all different kinds of fowl. The only problem with these are they are bantams and silkies at that. Not enough meat for the trouble. If they were LF roosters they'd already be in the freezer!

    I have no extra hens at the moment only my breeding stock. So there's no way I could pair them off to sell them easier

    "Super cheap" aka $3 a piece.


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  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    That's what I was forced to do once when I had ten or so Barred Rock cockerels approaching 13 weeks old and no more room for them. Posted them at the feed store for $2 each, knowing that's what someone would probably buy them for. I had little choice and wasn't prepared at the time to process them myself. Guy took the whole lot of them.

    You may have to just give them away free. Better than them continuing to eat the feed you pay for, right? There are chicken groups in your area, online Facebook swaps, that might be helpful to you in getting rid of them.
     
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  10. donrae

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    I have the same thing, a bunch of silkie/bantam cochin cockerels. I tried butchering one and it really wasn't worth it.

    A friend and I are having a parking lot poultry sale here soon. Whoever does not sell will be euthanized and fed to the pigs.

    You might see if there's a market for them with the raw food diet folks, for their dogs/cats/whatever.
     

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