should i caponize my little chick

AceSierra

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So I used to have twi little hens as indoor outdoor pets. They played outside during the day and during storms or at night came inside and cuddled in the bed. Sadly on of my sweet babies passed away from mareks last August and ace has been alone until now so I did some research and got a little baby silkie. Its 4 days old and since silkies are so hard to sex and I got her from a straight run she might be a he. I researched some more and found out you can nueter a rooster! lol I don't know much other than that itll basically turn them into a hen. They wont crow, theyll be broody, get fatter, and more docile. If it does turn out to be a rooster should I caponize. Is there any long term things that would affect his health. Is it safe Do vets nueter chickens? Would he be more cuddly caponized. Should I just him if he is a rooster or would him and just 1 hen get along. I only got another one because I didnt want ace to be alone when I'm out and about and not with her.
 

Neggative

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a caponized rue acts just like a hen doesnt protect your flock or anything.... they get huge too... sometimes they even sit on eggs.... its kinda like a big hen that doesnt lay eggs... dont do it....
 

cluckmecoop7

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I wouldn't. You need to do it in like less than four weeks or something. And I've heard it's really hard!! People say you will kill more than a few birds while practicing.

Hopefully others will give more info.
 

RiverOtter

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Pretty much no-one does that surgery. If you did find a vet to do it, it would likely be a bird or exotic specialist and would cost $$$$$. Especially since even if you do everything right, you can still nick a vein and they bleed out.
Silky roosters are easy to live with, I'd just take my chances.
 

AceSierra

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I wouldn't. You need to do it in like less than four weeks or something. And I've heard it's really hard!! People say you will kill more than a few birds while practicing.

Hopefully others will give more info.
so theres a high chance the bird will die?
 

AceSierra

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Pretty much no-one does that surgery. If you did find a vet to do it, it would likely be a bird or exotic specialist and would cost $$$$$. Especially since even if you do everything right, you can still nick a vein and they bleed out.
Silky roosters are easy to live with, I'd just take my chances.
never owned any roo before so I thought they were aggresive are they still cuddly
 

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