Calling all experienced caponizers!

DodgeballChix

In the Brooder
May 18, 2020
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Hi, new to the group. I have been reading threads for years to find info on various topics but only recently joined.

I have been raising CornishX for many years and have decided to try to develop a system for a more sustainable meat bird option. I have been having increasing issues with usps misrouting my chicks or high mortality upon arrival with the CornishX. I would like to try my hand at using a dual purpose breed. I understand that they will not be comparable to the CornishX but I am considering it a project. I am going to be hatching out some bielefelders soon as a trial. They are auto sexing which is a plus for indentifying my Roos right off the bat and banding them. I plan on keeping 5-6 hens and 1-2 Roos as breeders. I would like to caponize the extra roosters and raise them as meat birds with a plan to butcher between 4-6 mo. I have watched many videos and practiced on two culled roosters. From what I can find, it suggests that caponization should be done at 4-6 weeks ideally and I can understand why. The adult Roos I practiced on were too mature and the testicles were too large to realistically remove non-invasively.

I am looking for any guidance on this procedure as I seems to be a dying art and limited information and instruction on this. I have a surgeon friend who is also interested in helping with this. I am actually a surgical physician assistant so I am very comfortable with the surgical aspect. Wondering if anyone has any tips on the procedure? Do you glue or suture the incisions? I plan to grow the capons out and finish on grain and milk. I understand that there is likely a learning curve on this procedure and that I will likely lose some birds initailly and on occasion.
 

bag12day

In the Brooder
Apr 2, 2020
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Central NC
Hi, new to the group. I have been reading threads for years to find info on various topics but only recently joined.
Hi Same with me too long time lurker and never poster but trying to change that lol... My wife has some veterinary surgical background and she wants to do the same thing.
Found this thread yesterday... We are gonna give it a whirl with our next meat birds.

https://www.backyardchickens.com/th...ter-warning-graphic-pics.210041/#post-2489274
 

cluckmecoop7

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iwltfum

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Sep 10, 2018
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Hi Same with me too long time lurker and never poster but trying to change that lol... My wife has some veterinary surgical background and she wants to do the same thing.
Found this thread yesterday... We are gonna give it a whirl with our next meat birds.

https://www.backyardchickens.com/th...ter-warning-graphic-pics.210041/#post-2489274
Is there a reason why you are planning on caponizing your meat birds? I've just never heard of anyone doing that. My understanding was that caponizing is done for the purpose of bringing a dual purpose breed to an older age (8-12months) in order for them to put on weight without the added hormones of going through reproductive maturity, which make them flighty and fighty.
 

DodgeballChix

In the Brooder
May 18, 2020
5
15
21
My
Is there a reason why you are planning on caponizing your meat birds? I've just never heard of anyone doing that. My understanding was that caponizing is done for the purpose of bringing a dual purpose breed to an older age (8-12months) in order for them to put on weight without the added hormones of going through reproductive maturity, which make them flighty and fighty.
I am trying to transition to a dual purpose instead of the cornishX so that is why I am looking to caponize. I am looking at using bielefelder cockerels as my main meat bird.
 

iwltfum

Songster
Sep 10, 2018
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Maine
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I am trying to transition to a dual purpose instead of the cornishX so that is why I am looking to caponize. I am looking at using bielefelder cockerels as my main meat bird.
Sorry, I was referring to @bag12day 's comment. I should have made that more clear. I completely understand why you would want to caponize a dual purpose, but can't figure out why you would do it to a meat breed that will grow out fast caponized or not. Maybe I'm just misunderstanding them.
 

GoodwinFarm

Chirping
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Sep 22, 2014
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DodgeballChix
I just picked up my Bielefelders. I am planning on the same thing as you. I've also got some surgical experience. Private message me with your location: I'd love to potentially get together so we can teach each other and it doesn't seem friendly here.
 

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