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Extra roosters... how to grow out?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by BriteChicken, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. BriteChicken

    BriteChicken Songster

    Feb 23, 2010
    Huntsville, Alabama
    As the title says I have extra roosters and would like to grow them out till they start crowing and then... Process [​IMG] I was hoping that you Guys and Gals could show me how you keep your extra roosters? The 2 bantam roosters that I haven't sold yet got in fight last week thankfully I was right there to scare off the dominant roo and put the comb pecked one in my big brooder with a few pullets. [​IMG]

    Please tell or show me how to keep my my bigger roos till they are processing size!

    The banty's are hopefully going to be sold...
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Free Ranging Staff Member Premium Member 9 Years

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I've grown out a couple roosters, and am currently growing out my 2 more. They have all started crowing before the age to process. I don't know if I'll be processing both of them as a friend of mine's daughter wants to do 4H, and I've offered her one of them if she wants. If not, I'll process them both as I have 2 roosters already.

    You'll find a lot more info on growing them out and processing on the meat bird section here. Good luck!
  3. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    I have a lot of bantam hens that go broody, and I set them with eggs from my mixed standard-sized flock. I let the mamas raise the chicks until they're ready to return to their flocks, at around 4-8 weeks, then I keep all the chicks together until about 20 weeks. I try to sell the pullets early, as soon as I know for certain their sex, and keep the cockerels together. There usually isn't any problem with them fighting, they grow up together & seem well used to each other. Sometimes I'll let them free-range all day so they can find some of their own feed. It doesn't seem to affect the amount or tenderness of their meat. I begin feeding them layer pellets at around 10 weeks because it's cheaper than the chick feed. I process them in small batches at around 18-20 weeks, taking the biggest ones first and letting the others grow some more.

    I don't usually set bantam eggs because I don't like having a lot of bantam roosters around. They can be more feisty than their larger flockmates, they're more difficult to sell, and they're barely worth the effort to process. I do anyway. If somebird is causing a lot of fights I will separate him, but it's a bother having a lot of extra pens to tend. Once I went out to the yard to find a commotion going on in the round meatbird pen I made from a trampoline frame. The big roos were running in circles squawking. I feared a raccoon or dog had gotten in there. But when I bent to look it was a tiny bantam roo chasing the rest of his flockmates around, like a bronco buster cracking a whip, making the flock run away in fear.

    You may want to have this thread moved to Meat Birds, Etc or at least go read through the other threads on this topic there. There's a lot of other folks there doing just what you described.
  4. BriteChicken

    BriteChicken Songster

    Feb 23, 2010
    Huntsville, Alabama
    Haha okay I've been looking here but I did not think of meat birds section so I'll try and have a Mod move my thread thanks!

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