too many males!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Co1353, Jan 27, 2014.

  1. Co1353

    Co1353 New Egg

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    I recently received a shipment of chicks through usps. the hatchery sent an even number of males to females for warmth during shipping. I only need the females. What to do with the males? This is my first time raising chickens.
     
  2. Nava

    Nava I Got The Naked Neck Blues

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    raise them and eat them when older.

    its hard to find homes for roos, that provably why they are free
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    You have a few options....

    Cull the chicks now. There are several methods to humanely kill a baby chick, you can research and see what you're comfortable with.
    Advertise them for sale, or give them away, with full disclosure they're males.
    If you have a wildlife rehab facility in your area, see if you can donate them.
    Keep them until they're old enough to butcher and then do so.
     
  4. ChickenLegs13

    ChickenLegs13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wanted to increase my flock so I let my hens hatch 80 chicks last year; course about half were roosters. I'm still over run with roosters and they are a big nuisance right now. Since yours were sent free as heaters I'd cull them right now.
    Otherwise...in my experience unless they're fast growing meat birds you'll have endure their crowing & aggrevating your pullets not to mention having to feed them for 8 months to yield a carcass that looks & tastes like an undernurished vulture.
     
  5. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    I would put them on Craig's list as meat birds.
     
  6. crzyckldy

    crzyckldy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the same problem right now from shipped chicks. I don't have the heart to cull them though :-(
     
  7. Bryce243

    Bryce243 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would put them on Craig's list for free or a couple bucks each
     
  8. crzyckldy

    crzyckldy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an ad on Craig's list and so far no takers ( except one person who completely read over the part about them being cockerels so they changed their mind lol). So I'm still trying to figure out what to do with the babies?
     

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