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trade Welsummer rooster for male duck or male peacock or ???

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Lyranonamous, Oct 14, 2015.

  1. Lyranonamous

    Lyranonamous Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 23, 2013
    I had an idea that if I trade my Welsummer rooster for a male duck or peacock or goose then i won't get any unplanned pregnancies here. (please tell me I'm correct about such basic biology-that they won't mate!!)

    I have only one Welsummer rooster and he will be gorgeous but I don't want more males hatching next year. He is young (3 months) hasn't started crowing and is fairly friendly at this point. He runs over to me when called (because I have food) So far my older hen dominates him......

    Any one with other types of fowl interested in a trade? I keep a clean and secure coop, free range my girls in a mesh fence that can be electrified during the day, and feed them Blue Seal feed as well and sunflower seeds, worms and home made yogurt.

    Your bird will be well cared for-that I can guarantee. I live upstate NY

    I don't want to kill this rooster-he seems nice enough and will be gorgeous. If there was a way to neuter him I would keep him. Any other ideas gladly accepted.
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    You could trade your rooster for a duck, goose, peacock or turkey. But, you might get more than you bargained for making that trade. While you're right that those other birds won't produce chicks, they will still try to mate your hens. Physical differences will make that quite dangerous (for example, geese, peacocks and turkeys get quite a bit larger than chickens, ducks have a cork screw penis that could potentially mean death for the hens). Any males you add without a mate will most likely be frustrated as well. They may take that frustration out on your hens, you and any visitors you might have over.

    If the rooster is fitting for now, why not just consider keeping him? Collect eggs everyday and don't incubate them, there will be no chicks. Or, just rehome him and don't bother with a male bird at all. If you can find someone willing to to the procedure, he can be neutered (caponized), but thats a risky option in itself since it does require surgery.

    Good luck.
  3. Lyranonamous

    Lyranonamous Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 23, 2013
    Thank you so much for all of this information. I had no idea all of that would occur so thanks for setting me on a better course of action. I live near Cornell -so I could ask about the neutering and see what they say. And of course collect the eggs !

    Thanks very much. I feel better that I can keep him one way or the other.

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