Hello - I'm new with a transgendered chicken

lesat409

Chirping
5 Years
Sep 23, 2014
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We recently set up our own backyard chickens - got a couple of teen hens from my friend who received a bunch that were all sexed as girls. Had Zuri (Orpington) and Lucy (Rhode Red) now for almost 4 months and expecting our first eggs soon. Zuri is super friendly - sits in my lap in the evenings and eats from our hands - always interested in what we are doing, likes to look in the patio windows at the other pets (cats and dog). Sadly Zuri started "Cock-a-doodle-dooing" and it is obvious now that our Zuri won't be laying any eggs. The really sad part is now that we are so attached to "him" we find we have to find him a new home. I've been covering up the coop at night so that he won't make his wake-up call - this has been working for now. Would love some advice on how to find a place for him - I don't want him to end up on a dinner table or at a cock fight.
 

appps

Crowing
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Aug 29, 2012
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We went through that last year. It's hard when they have become pets. You can try putting him on Craigslist but charging something for him as a large percentage of free roosters end up dinner.

Then I would just ask around. Ours ended up going to a good home by chance because I mentioned it to a friend who knew somebody wanted one. So spread the word with your friends, you never know who they will know.

Also do a search on keeping roosters quiet, a breeder we got some of ours from kept a rooster in the city in a residential area by using a box for him at night. There is also something called a rooster collar gaining popularity here in Australia but I don't know much about them.
 

TwoCrows

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Sorry one of your birds turned into a rooster! You might start in your state thread and chat with your chicken neighbors. Maybe some one nearby will take your boy. Scroll through this link to find your state thread....https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you

When you have 20 posts, you can place an ad in our Buy Sell and Trade section here as well...https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/16182/animals-in-need-of-free-re-homing

There is a thing called a "no-crow collar" for roosters. It is a soft cloth type thing held on with velcro. It doesn't stop them from crowing, but it muffles the sound of the crow, greatly reducing the volume.

Good luck and I hope you can find him a nice forever home. :)
 

Michael OShay

Crowing
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May 14, 2014
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Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. TwoCrows has given you some good suggestions. You can also advertise Zuri on Craigslist, talk to your local feed store and see if they know of anyone who might be interested in a Buff Orpington rooster (they are a beautiful breed and gentle as roosters go). The feed store may even have a bulletin board you can post Zuri on. Also, you might check with your local 4h club. Perhaps one of the students might be willing to take him. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck in re-homing Zuri.
 

Kelsie2290

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Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! You've gotten some good suggestions from above posters on rehoming Zuri, good luck finding him a new home.
 

drumstick diva

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You might want to post on your state thread so people closer to you might have an interest. Go to "where am I, where are you," in the social forum to locate and post on your state thread. Wish you luck, seems like everyone is trying to rehome roosters.
 

lesat409

Chirping
5 Years
Sep 23, 2014
19
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67
San Diego
So far covering the coop before morning has worked. This will hopefully do the trick until I can find a forever home for him. Thank you!
 

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