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Roo that no one wants

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by UrbanChickies, May 10, 2011.

  1. UrbanChickies

    UrbanChickies Out Of The Brooder

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    What does everyone do with their accidental roos? They are so hard to rehome. I have one and I can't seem to find a home for him. I need suggestions please. Thank you! [​IMG]
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Um sorry to say this but cull them. And eat them.

    Did you list them for free on Craigs List, people don't want to pay ANYTHING for a rooster unless it's a specific breed they really want.......Once I asked for $3.00 per rooster, and I got zero responses, then I said "Free Roosters" and I got a call right away.....
     
  3. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am in the same situation. I hate to give him up since I have already grown attached. I even love his little half crows in the morning and afternoon. It will be sad for me to let him go. It is tough to find a good home since I don't want him to be dinner or mistreated. Some places have roo santuaries. I am considering driving to one that is really far away to find him a nice home.
     
  4. UrbanChickies

    UrbanChickies Out Of The Brooder

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    He's only 12 weeks old...and I'm not allowed to have roos in our neighborhood.
     
  5. Tam'ra of Rainbow Vortex

    Tam'ra of Rainbow Vortex Chillin' With My Peeps

    I eat most of mine, but the ones we really like we put up on craigslist as free to a good home. Specify you'd rather eat him yourself than see him go to someone else who might be less humane and talk up his good qualities. We have given away a few boys to people who needed a replacement when their solo roo died from old age or raccoon.
    Good luck!
     
  6. Blue

    Blue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been trying to give one away since last fall; he was supposed to be a she. ^^; I couldn't find anyone to take him, so I just partitioned the coop and gave him a few hens. I'm still looking for someone to take him in the meantime. However, he's extremely rough on his hens (bald backs on them all), so he is now in a small pen by himself. He is not human aggressive, but I don't like the way he treats the hens, and I doubt anyone else would want to put up with that. If I could free range the chickens all the time, it wouldn't really be an issue. If I can't find anyone to take him, I guess I'll eventually have to send him to freezer camp. I've got chicks coming in a while, some of which will most likely be roos, and there's no way I can keep them all.
     
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  7. ChickenRonin

    ChickenRonin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with the Craigslist suggestions if the stewpot isn't an option for you. I have always been able to rehome roosters through Craigslist, though you might have to post a few times before you get a response. Pictures are a huge CL selling point, I have never had a response to a listing without a pic. Also, I have found that posting on a Friday or Saturday gets faster results.
     
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  8. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree, CL is the way to go. The key is to give him away for free, very few people can resist that! The only caveat to this advice is to make sure you talk with the people who respond before you give him away. I had one guy who wanted my little hand-raised roo for fighting! If I hadn't harrassed him with questions, I would have never known. Also, lots of people like to get free roos for eating, that's another point to clear up.

    My roosters I posted there this spring both were re-homed within 12 hours.

    Good luck!
     
  9. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Unfortunately, my roosters go to freezer camp or I sell them to other people who send them to freezer camp. It is so hard to re-home roosters. Last year my girls hatched 65 roosters and I was NOT a happy camper. It takes so much time processing them and I couldn't do it alone. I sold about 55 of them and the others went in the freezer. This year's rooster numbers are not looking good either. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  10. UrbanChickies

    UrbanChickies Out Of The Brooder

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    Holly smokes...that many roosters! How do you know that you will have that many? My desire to hatch is gone...lol
     

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