awoke to crowing this morning... *sigh*

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jgervais, May 23, 2011.

  1. jgervais

    jgervais Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2011
    Jackson, MI
    We have been worried that one of our 'Easter Eggers' is a rooster - he's always been a little bigger and his comb seemed more red than our other 8 week old chicks. Low and behold I let the dogs outside this morning to the sound of a somewhat strangled adolescent sounding 'cock-a-doodle-dooo.' Though it was very cute to hear that, we had no plans what-so-ever to keep a rooster..... What do I do now? Are Easter Eggers a dual purpose bird? Do I save him to have for dinner? Should I just sell him and get another???
  2. andalusn

    andalusn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 6, 2009
    Ridgefield, WA
    I am able to raise up my roosters and if they are purebred or a very nice looking cross I sell them to other people that do need a rooster for their flock. The usual outlets for resale like Craigs List or my local feed store actually sells a few rabbits, chickens (roosters). Of course if I take them there the store keeps the 10.00 for the bird but I am happy as I am one less bird and it found a good home. Most people that have to pay 10.00 for a bird don't buy it for dinner.
  3. the_eagle69

    the_eagle69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    Far SW VA
    EE's go great with cornbread.
  4. jgervais

    jgervais Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2011
    Jackson, MI
    Quote:Can you really eat an EE? I know you CAN eat just about any bird, but is it worth butchering?
  5. Anianna

    Anianna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2010
    N/E of Richmond, VA
    According to the BYC breed list, EEs are not dual purpose birds. They probably aren't meaty enough or the quality of meat might not be that great. That doesn't mean you can't eat him, just that it might not be a great experience. You would probably be better off selling or re-homing him.
    Last edited: May 23, 2011
  6. Chick15

    Chick15 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2011
    [​IMG] My dad says that as soon as the roosters begin to crow, they go..... [​IMG] its sad, but i <3 chicken!!
  7. jgervais

    jgervais Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2011
    Jackson, MI
    Quote:Well. For now we're keeping him, esp since he isn't considered a dual purpose breed. We are allowed to have a rooster where we live, and he is very pretty and sweet. Maybe just one rooster won't be so bad. 'Big Bertha' has officially been renamed 'The Bishop Don Juan' [​IMG]
  8. Mommysongbird

    Mommysongbird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2011
    Small Town, Virginia
    We're right there with you. [​IMG] We woke up to the same thing! [​IMG] Only it was 3 of ours. [​IMG] One of our black ones crowed at 5 weeks, but I have been watching 4 other birds and three of those four finally crowed, and one is an EE (that is what I have been told he is) and the other 2 are two of our white chicks. [​IMG]

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