Anybody ever caponize a rooster...

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  1. chad

    chad Out Of The Brooder

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    ...without killing him? We think we have about 50/50 pullets and cockerels in this batch of ten that hatched out on our place June 29. We'd like to get the use of the 5 males but expect that Spike, the head rooster, will take exception to their presence.

    So does anybody have an experience with caponizing? Care to share?
     
  2. plester01

    plester01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ??????????????????[​IMG] What does that mean?
     
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Caponizing is the removal of the cockeral's testicals. It makes for a better eating bird of the males. I do have one in my freezer right now.

    I don't know how to do it myself but sure would be willing to learn if I could find someone close to me that could show me what to do first. I learn better by seeing then doing it for myself.

    Here is an illustrated example

    http://www.umaine.edu/umcecumberland/caponizing_illustrated.htm

    and here is another

    http://www.afn.org/~poultry/capon.htm

    Good luck.
     
  4. chad

    chad Out Of The Brooder

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    Caponizing is the process of removing a rooster's testicles, essentially neutering him. It results in a non-aggressive, and very tasty, bird. Here is a link: http://www.umaine.edu/umcecumberland/caponizing_illustrated.htm - to the U. of Maine Cooperative Extension web page that shows pictures of the procedure. But as we all know there's a big difference between looking at pictures and actually getting "hands on." So that's why I'm asking if anybody's had real-world experience with this procedure.
     
  5. plester01

    plester01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is an interesting idea. Question? Other than doing it for eating purposes can it be done so that Roosters can live together peacfully??
     
  6. chad

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    Quote:Well, that's our hope, that we can keep them around long enough to get big enough to slaughter without Spike fighting with them.
     
  7. plester01

    plester01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sound good to me. I also do not know how to do it but I think that I will look into it. Thanks for the idea and good luck![​IMG]
     
  8. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    To be completely honest, you're more likely to kill your cockerels, than to caponize successfully.
    To caponize successfully the bird has to be no older than 6 weeks. Then you have to open him up and make sure that you take out the right thing. His testes have a tendency to look like his kidneys. At which point he will bleed to death.
    And if you don't get both testes, you'll get a slip which means you didn't do it right anyways. He'll still act like a roo, which was the whole purpose of the operation in the first place, to make him NOT act like a roo.
    I looked into this extensively when my Leghorn cockerel started to crow.
     
  9. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    I would never do surgery on a bird or animal without anesthesia, cutting them open and cutting out internal parts while they are awake and conscious, so my answer to your question is that I haven't done it. It isn't because I'm too squeamish, it's because I consider it cruel. I realize that other people view it as acceptable.

    My personal choice was to just give the males their own pen, separate from my main flock and not worry about a few extra ounces of meat or extra days before butcher. When I'm really serious about raising chickens for meat, I just order broilers.
     
  10. chad

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    Well, you make a point, WW, and we do try to handle all our livestock as gently and humanely as possible. We had just gotten done raising and slaughtering a bunch of broilers when these 10 were born unexpectedly, so we're trying to figure out what to do with the boys (the girls will be layers, like their mama).
     

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