neutering roosters?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by emmakate, May 21, 2019.

  1. emmakate

    emmakate In the Brooder

    May 10, 2019
    i have a two week old rooster named beatrice (bee) because i thought he was a she. he is super attached to me because he was really sick when i first got him, and i babied him a lot. i have 4 hens and i really really do not want fertile eggs. i’m considering neutering because i don’t want fertile eggs, but i’m worried about the other effects of neutering like the weight gain. btw i have absolutely no intention of eating bee or giving him away. all of my chickens are simply companions that’s why i only have a few and don’t want any more. will the extra weight be hard to carry or painful in any way? what are the other effects of neutering a rooster? bee is the sweetest chick i’ve ever had and it would really be heartbreaking to give him away to be eaten or who knows what else.
  2. southern chooks

    southern chooks Chirping

    Apr 18, 2019
    To “neuter” a chicken is a very dangerous thing. The process itself has a high chance of killing him. I’d keep him separate if you don’t want fertile eggs
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  3. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    First of all, one of the most common "side effects" of caponizing (neutering) a rooster is death. The male sex organs are extremely close to other essential for life organs, and much of the time, the operation is simply too tricky to succeed. The second most common "side effect" is draining your checkbook.

    May I ask why you are adamantly opposed to fertilized eggs? They are no different to the naked eye than non-fertile eggs and taste exactly the same. If the concern is for unwanted baby chicks, eggs gathered immediately the same day they are laid and then refrigerated have zero chance of developing embryos.
  4. emmakate

    emmakate In the Brooder

    May 10, 2019
    ok so should i maybe seperate my yard. i
    oh ok. i just didn’t know how developed the embryos would be when they were laid. i don’t know much about chicken anatomy.
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    It's takes constant ~100°F temps for a fertilized egg to start developing into an embryo.

    Not positive that chick is male...large comb but still could be a female.
    And wasn't there another thread where you said the breeder would take back any males?
    Cock/erel's cause other are you allowed to have them where you are?
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  6. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    Oh boy, firstly even if Bee is a boy he's two weeks old. Let him grow up a little before worrying about his baggage.
    Secondly when an egg is laid and is fertile the embryo isn't developed at all. It takes a week at 100 degrees to see any life.:)
  7. emmakate

    emmakate In the Brooder

    May 10, 2019
    yes i did, but i honestly don’t know if he’ll use him as a meat bird or to breed birds so that just worries me. there’s no rule against roosters but the neighbors don’t like it. that’s obviously a problem but isn’t there a collar you can use that will minimize the sound?
  8. emmakate

    emmakate In the Brooder

    May 10, 2019
    yeah, i’ve posted many many threads about bee from health issues to this. i just worry wayyyyy to much in general. i’m working on it lol. and thanks for the info it makes me feel a lot better about the whole fertilized egg thing.
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  9. Trux

    Trux Crowing

    Mar 26, 2018
    They do work...IF YOU FOLLOW DIRECTIONS! I have one on my loud beaked Orpington roo, cut his volume down by about half
  10. emmakate

    emmakate In the Brooder

    May 10, 2019
    thank you!
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