Our "Hens" Started Crowing... near Cincinnati!

HensKY

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We hatched 8 eggs in August and two of our "hens" started crowing last week... It looks like 5 of the 8 hens are actually roosters and we are prohibited from keeping roosters in our town. I've looked for rescues and called a few farmer friends we have but have had no luck. I do like a good chicken noodle soup, but these boys are almost too beautiful to consider consuming! If anyone has any recommendations or knows of any options within an hour or two of Cincinnati, we'd sure appreciate the guidance.

Happy Holidays y'all and thank you!
Matt
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Bigtom Turkey

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I second aart Giving away extra males is really hard and stressful for both you and your chickens, so I just eat my extras if I hatched them it is harder but it is the responsible thing to do.
 

HensKY

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UHG, rotten hatching ratio...it happens tho.
I eat mine, not fun but responsible and satisfying.

Pretty tough to give away excess males.
Best of Luck to you.

Thanks! The challenge is that the kiddos are really "attached" to the boys, and for now, they are pretty gentle and friendly and play with the kids...

I'm not opposed to consuming them (as I think it's a real-life lesson that they should experience), but mom is weirding the kids out, so it's a no-win scenario at this point!
 

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Thanks! The challenge is that the kiddos are really "attached" to the boys, and for now, they are pretty gentle and friendly and play with the kids...

I'm not opposed to consuming them (as I think it's a real-life lesson that they should experience), but mom is weirding the kids out, so it's a no-win scenario at this point!
Tough situ....pets vs food.
Might change all their tunes once they see the cockerel try to ravage the pullets.
 

HensKY

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Tough situ....pets vs food.
Might change all their tunes once they see the cockerel try to ravage the pullets.

The kids knew this was a reality, but now that the rubber hits the road... We just wanted them to understand what goes into producing the food they eat. We've been raising small gardens and this seemed like the next baby step towards understanding the food cycle on a practical level.

Our friends have warned us about the cockerels... Luckily a city ordinance will spare us from keeping them around long enough to experience that part of the cycle...

All the Best,
Matt
 

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