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Hmm, how should I do this?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Robin'sBrood, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    Well, sadly the time is here. Time to return the cockerels. [​IMG]
    We have two 15-16 week olds. So far, only one is crowing (that I know of.) Should I return both at once, or one this week and the other once he starts crowing? Which way would be less traumatic for my 3 girls, losing both boys at once or one at a time? TIA!
  2. Yanna

    Yanna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2008
    Ack! I'm so sorry. [​IMG]

    I don't have an answer for you but I may be facing the same dilemma soon myself (see Rooster Reality Check in the Raising Chicks section). [​IMG]
  3. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    Sorry to bump this so soon but I have to catch a rooster or two before sunset. Any advice? Anyone? Please. [​IMG]
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I gave away my extra roosters all at once. True, I still have two roosters that I'm keeping, but...my gut feeling says traumatize them once, not twice. Edited to add: Maybe traumatize is too strong a word. What I meant was, let them restructure the pecking order once and get it over with.
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2008
  5. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    I was only able to catch one tonight anyway and it was the one that has to go first, my crowing boy. I'll see if I can catch the other one in the morning.
  6. pdsavage

    pdsavage Sussex Monarch

    Mar 27, 2008
    i use a fishing net.you know the kind on a metal loop to bring fish in that you have caught on a fishing pole.
  7. hdchic

    hdchic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2008
    My dad used to use a wire coat hanger. Undo it, leaving the curved end alone. Set it on the ground, or gently hook it around the leg, when they try to get loose, their feet stay splayed out, thus keeping them 'hooked'....it takes a bit of patience, but if they are busy eating, you can do it.
  8. warren

    warren Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2007
    Are you sure they will notice if they go missing? One of my hens died leaving the other alone and she seemed quite happy about it. She did not miss her companion at all.
  9. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    I returned him (see avatar) this morning. [​IMG] I'm going to wait until my SLW starts crowing before returning him. Maybe he'll never learn how to crow. [​IMG] [​IMG]
  10. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    That must be heartbreaking...he's so cute too. I would wait and see.

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