- Feb 23, 2014
I hope this isn't a totally dumb question, but here goes... I may want to neuter (caponize) a cockerel or two so that I could then keep them as pets without dealing with sexually mature rooster behaviors. However, the genders of the two chicks I would consider neutering are not clear now and won't be clear for some time (one is a Silkie and one is a d'uccle). And my understanding is that caponizing should be performed when the chick is only a few weeks old. Soooooo.... If I can't be sure whether these chicks are pullets or cockerels possibly for months yet, when would I have them caponized? Would I take them to the vet now to be sexed and then proceed immediately if they're cockerels? Thanks for any insight on this.