err... caponizing a pullett... (?)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by azahn, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. azahn

    azahn Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 14, 2012
    Northeast Texas
    Okay..... so we have 50 straight run bantam chicks(delawares, new hampshires, wyandotttes). Bantam chicks could not be ordered pullets only. Knew from the get-go we'd be putting roo's in the freezer. Have since heard about capons - roos minus the testosterone and improved meat quality. Learned this could be done humanely via implant. Husband asked the question: what if we accidentally implant a hen-to-be? Our chicks are 2 weeks old, and we have no idea who's a roo or a girl!
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    I've never heard of an implant to caponize a chicken, do you have any info on it? There are some videos floating around BYC on how to do it. You would make a small incision and remove the testicles through it. Its supposed to be done when the cockerels are small. Is the implant supposed to stop the chicks from producing testosterone? And is there a certain age you're supposed to have it in by? If there isn't, couldn't you wait to put them in after you're a little more sure who's a boy and who's a girl?

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