buying chicks wen i can't have roosters...bad idea?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by xapikleia, Jan 25, 2009.

  1. xapikleia

    xapikleia Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 15, 2009
    So Cal Suburbs
    i'm buying some four w/o bantams from a friend of a friend this week. we can't have roosters here (actually, we can't legally have chickens at all, but we're joining the illegal chicken revolution; we just don't want to push it with roosters!), so i'll have to sell them if any turn out to be roosters. should it be easy for me to find them homes? should i consider buying some older chickens instead?
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    When you buy an older chicken, you run less risk getting a roo if you know how to sex chickens.

    If you get a roo, you can usually Craigslist it away for free. Folks like free stuff.
  3. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    Or learn to make roo soup
  4. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

    Jan 4, 2009
    Claremore, OK
    Both of these answers are very good ideas!
  5. LeeLeesFarm

    LeeLeesFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2008
    So. California

    I'm near the San Fernando Valley, CA .... in a suburb which does not allow any poultry.

    I just went thru your current dilemma last summer.

    I wanted frizzles, so went ahead and bought 12 baby chicks, so that SOME would be girls.

    I just waited until they got older, then when I could tell which were roos, I gave those away free.

    Some I gave to a local pet store in Sylmar CA.
    Some went to a person on this list.

    I tried to sell them first, on Craigs List, but no luck.....and I didn't have the patience to try longer than one week .... i was ready to be rid of the little buggers ... they were the meanest of the off they went for free.

    ....... Here's something to consider about buying older hens ...........

    Why is the person getting rid of them in the first place?
    I bought a 6 mos old d'uccle last year as well, and hated her.

    She truly CROWED and was the fussiest and loudest hen I've ever met.

    I kept her for about 2 weeks, only because my hubby LOVED her coloring and didn't want her to go.

    but that crowing was going to get us into BIG trouble with the city, and I didn't want the city to come barging in and see my 12 little baby chicks, so I sold the crowing girl thru craigslist for $15.

    I've raised my babies myself, which means they know me now, they know our routine and are happy with it, they are super quiet and content and love being handled, etc.

    I would never buy a hen past 1 mos old, after that d'uccle experience ....

    there's my .05 cents [​IMG]

  6. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    I can take my surplus roos to the feedstore. Or if you sell them, try to ask a price that is more than what a person would pay for a roaster.
    The only way of getting all girls is order sexed chicks.
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Quote:That may not be such an issue with bantams [​IMG] Just price them more than a boullion cube? <g>

  8. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

    Apr 22, 2008
    Have you considered buying standard size sex-links? The bigger size might be worth knowing that you won't have to deal with roosters.
  9. SeramaSweetie

    SeramaSweetie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 28, 2008
    Thomaston, Georgia
    If you REALLY wanna have roos and fertilized eggs, it is possible to get your roo's "crow" "removed." They can remove the whatever it is that makes them crow, and they won't make a sound. But it'll probably cost you a little bit and it will most likely be hard to find somebody to do it.....
  10. xapikleia

    xapikleia Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 15, 2009
    So Cal Suburbs
    Quote:I've thought of this as a possible solution, and I totally thought that it was something I'd be capable of. Then I saw the killing, plucking, etc. thread in Meat Birds ETC, and I'm not sure that I'm ready for that yet! One day, I want to be at that point, but I'm soooo not there yet!

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