Holy Smokes I have a rooster!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chloemama, May 16, 2010.

  1. chloemama

    chloemama Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 18, 2010
    Northern Rhode Island
    Oh boy am I in big trouble!. I ordered chicks against the wishes, sort of, of my better half. He's building this fabulous coop for me - with all the grumblings too LOL

    Now Gertie is a ROOSTER!!! I'm not sure what I am suppose to do with him - my daughter calls him Gary now LOL

    I contacted the hatchery I purchased the chicks from, not really expecting them to do anything. My problem is that I can't keep a rooster, we don't want any chicks popping up, don't want to post him on craigslist for fear that he will end up dinner.

    Any thoughts?
  2. acid_chipmunk

    acid_chipmunk Polish Silkies d'Uccles O my!

    Mar 29, 2010
    Well, you won't have chicks unless you incubate them or you have a hen go broody. Even if that happens, you can break it. Just make sure you are collecting the eggs several times a day. Try looking here on BYC to see if anyone wants your roo, if you are afraid of Craigslist.
  3. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

    Mar 22, 2010
    Saratoga County, NY
    I may have the same issue - one tip that someone mentioned is to offer up a hen with the rooster when you sell them on CL, plus ask for a price that's higher than they could get a chicken for at the store. Hopefully I will have all hens, but I am trying to keep options open JUST in case. [​IMG]
  4. Backyard_Chicken_rancher

    Backyard_Chicken_rancher Chillin' With My Peeps

    put a sign up at you local feed store rooster for 10 bucks or rooster hen for 10 bucks this way it will keep them from eating it put the ad here as well for locals in your area someone may want a roo.

    Good luck
  5. schellie69

    schellie69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 8, 2009
    why do not want to keep the rooster are you hiding the chickens if you are worried about baby chicks just gather/Pick the eggs a few time everyday as long as you don't have a hen go broody or you hatch them you should be fine with not having any chicks. what kind of rooster do you have?
  6. chloemama

    chloemama Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 18, 2010
    Northern Rhode Island
    why do not want to keep the rooster are you hiding the chickens

    Well my man didn't want chickens. He is getting more friendly with the hens but from the onset told me no roosters! I am a newbie and at first thought this one was just a big hen LOL then she got her comb and waddle 1st and it's pretty big - this am I opened the door to let them out and she crowed!

    This is the only time I've been thankful that man is out of town 4 days a week. LOL

    Thanks all-
  7. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

    Feb 15, 2010
    So. Cal.
    Hahaha! Yes, my "Cinderella" (named by my 4 yr. old little girl) is now "Cinderfella"! [​IMG]
  8. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    When I post roosters on Craigslist, I usually include a picture so people can see how pretty they are. List his breed, since he's from a hatchery, he's probably purebred. There's a chance someone could be looking for a nice-looking, purebred flock rooster. Mention how well-mannered he is - that's he's good to the hens and has never attacked a person, so you feel he's an excellent canidate as a flock rooster. I wouldn't charge more than $5. When someone responds to the ad, let them know that you are looking for a breeding home for him and that you will not give/sell him to anyone who will eat him.

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