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Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Junediamond, Dec 17, 2015.
Here is my Rhode Island Red. It is 14 weeks old. Hen or Roo?
Definitely a cockerel. Sorry. (
Waaaaaaa! So what can I do with a cockerel?
If you aren't allowed to keep him, then your options are sell him or eat him.
I'm just saying, those are the options. You can't keep him, so you need to do something. Some people prefer to get a meal out their cockerels after housing and feeding them for months rather than give him away. After all, if you rehome him, the new owners may end up eating him, and you will have no say in the matter. It's just one of the realities of owning chickens. Even if you bought sexed pullets, there is always a chance of ending up with a cockerel or two. There aren't enough homes for roosters, and some boys are too aggressive to safely keep. People do eat chickens. If that's something you won't consider, then rehoming is your only option. And you will need to do it before he starts crowing and neighbors start complaining to authorities. If the authorities step in, they will seize and euthanize him, or they may take your whole flock.