Rooster help

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CrazyChickGirl, Jul 28, 2014.

  1. CrazyChickGirl

    CrazyChickGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do roosters crow more when they are bored or lonely? One little chick ended up being a roo. When we tried to integrate him into the flock with the older hens, he was attacked - scalped actually. He nearly died. I nursed him back to health, and he's been alone since. We are desperately trying to find him a home (because we really aren't supposed to have roosters) but no one seems to be biting. He's reaching maturity. He crows for 30 mins to an hour every morning and off and on during the day. It's terrible! We don't have a separate coop for him - because we never expected any of this to happen of course. So during the day we made an outside pen for him, but at night he comes back into the house into his recover cage. Last night I got so frustrated I stuck his cage in a closet! Any ideas for us? I never knew a rooster would be so hard to get rid of? We've been looking for about 6 weeks, while trying to take decent care of him in the mean time...
     
  2. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    While you are obviously somewhat attached to this roo it makes the inevitable even harder to swallow, but if it were me? I'd be culling him and putting him in the slow cooker...
     
  3. CrazyChickGirl

    CrazyChickGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am kind of attached to him... And I'm not set up to cull... I wouldn't even know where to start. Definitely a suburban chicken owner...
     
  4. CrazyChickGirl

    CrazyChickGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, lately I can see that his hormones are raging, and I've been trying to be really careful about handling him, not surpising him and just being careful. Today when put food down in his cage he attacked my wrist. I screamed (because he scared the crap out of me, jumping from across the cage) and swatted him away. I just don't know what to do anymore.
     
  5. mortie

    mortie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry you are in this position. I am urban too but I managed to cull 2 of my Unwanted roosters. They are hard to get rid of because no one wants them. People in town can't have them and people out in the sticks have enough of their own. If you are creative, you can cull him. I did it. I watched lots of videos on YouTube to learn what to do. I took a folding table out and covered it with one of those disposable plastic table covers. I had a sharp knife and a big pot of water for scalding to make plucking easier. Then I gritted my teeth and did it. My husband didn't help, I did it on my own.

    I hatched them. We cuddled them and loved them from their first breath. Still, we knew what had to be done. I personally wanted to benefit from my hard work by being able to eat ours. Kind of brought the thing full circle for me. I also wanted to make sure they were treated well up to and through the end of their lives, so I wanted to just do it at home.

    You might be able to find someone to process him for a fee.

    Even though they are difficult to give away, you may be able to find someone to take him but you have to go into it knowing they're going to eat him. I just figure if someone was going to eat.my boys I raised from eggs, it might as well be me.
     
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  6. CrazyChickGirl

    CrazyChickGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He's a teeny tiny bantam. I wonder if it would be even worth all the work?
     
  7. mortie

    mortie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OH...no definitely not then, no. [​IMG] Sorry, I didn't catch that he was a bitty little dude.
     
  8. CrazyChickGirl

    CrazyChickGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone know if his crowing would decrease if I was somehow able to introduce him to the nine hens we have? I'm just wondering if being confined and alone is making him agitated. We really aren't supposed to have a rooster, but I am at a loss. He's very pretty. I know a lot of people like their roosters....
     
  9. CrazyChickGirl

    CrazyChickGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He's 18 1/2 weeks, by the way.
     
  10. CrazyChickGirl

    CrazyChickGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, he attacked my wrist again. I didn't even see it coming. I think I am giving up on him.
     

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