So far we’ve only hatched when we can accommodate the possibility all of them being roosters. In it the future though when we can’t have any more roosters they will be sold at shows as breeders and pets.
I always rehome mine. I used to give them to a man who said he “free ranges them”, but I’m pretty sure he actually processed them. He was gentle with the birds so I felt they were in good hands even if they were going to die. I’ve given some away to a neighbor, I knew he was going to process them. I have one cockerel now that I’m giving away and I’m pretty worried because im not sure who to give it to, but he’s young so I have some time.
There are other threads on this. Personally I don't have any hatchery birds. I hatch out all of my own chicks. I usually hatch out a few hundred every year knowing around 50% MOL will be males. I do grow them out and at around 6 months old keep the best as my future breeders, the rest I sell which helps offsets the price of the feed. In the past I have processed some of them but I don't need a freezer full of chickens and have a butcher down the road so if I want any chicken or other meat, I go to the butcher. Good luck...
I breed potential show quality birds (heritage). In the past I have sold the males at shows but since most of the shows have been cancelled I have been selling them at a local farm swap. I have some buyers that buy them for resale and pay me a good price for them and I usually sell quite a few at a time.