Too many roosters, what to do?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chihuahua Mama, May 23, 2019.

  1. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Free Ranging

    Jul 3, 2016
    Pac NW
    My Coop
    If you can't bear to rehome/cull them, then you'll likely need a separate "bachelor's pen" to house the boys. Do you realistically have the budget and space for that?

    I have thus far had no interest in keeping a cockerel/roo so my plan from the start was always to cull them myself, because even when you buy sexed birds there's always a chance of an oops slipping through. Though I've since found a place that will accept donated cockerels as dinner guests, so in the future that will be where any accidental boys end up.
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  2. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    You can begin to distance yourself from them. You feed and water them, but you don't watch them, don't interact with them. It will really help.
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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I sing to them....
    All the young dudes,
    Soon to be stew!
    (Mott the Hoople)chorus
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  4. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Crossing the Road

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    As soon as I recognize a cockerel, I quit interacting with it and remind myself that it’s going in the freezer.
  5. Thyme4Chickens

    Thyme4Chickens Songster

    Mar 21, 2018
    SE WI (zone 5)
    Is this your first batch of chicks? Chicks are so adorable, they just hop their way into my heart. Though I haven't had any surprise roosters yet, I found that as chicks grow into "teens" and adults, a lot of that "it's a baby! I'm going to love it forever and ever!" feeling faded away.

    So along with the great advice in this thread, maybe once any roosters are old enough to be identified/cause trouble, it will not be quite so emotionally hard to remove them from your flock.
  6. Kuntry Klucker

    Kuntry Klucker

    Jun 9, 2010
    Tennesee Smoky Mts.
    Hi, I am like you I love roosters. For the longest time I was without any and now I have a surplus. My solution to a large rooster population is a bachelor pen. I ended up with 7 roosters after I picked my spring chicks. I placed all 7 roosters in a bachelor pen. They are doing fine and have a large place to run and look for bugs. I plan to keep all my boys and will actually build another bachelor pen for all my bantam boys that will surely end up with.

    here is a pic of my bachelor pen with all my standard size spring roosters living peacefully.

    Bachelor pen 1.jpg
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  7. ScottE

    ScottE In the Brooder

    May 26, 2019
    Either don't name them or intentionally name them things like drumstick or roast. Proper mind set makes freezer camp something to look forward to rather than dread. My 6 year old loves the snot out of our goats and ducks and also is eagerly awaiting fall when she can eat the ones she knows are meant for the dinner table.

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