What age to get rid of baby rooster????

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by bald k9, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. bald k9

    bald k9 Songster

    Sep 5, 2009
    Rural Edwardsville
    How do you know at what age to get rid of your rooster? I mean people say if they are mean get rid of them, but should you wait til they are full grown or in the teenage weeks or get rid of them as soon as you see any sign of aggression, ,does that make sense?

  2. NYRIR

    NYRIR Songster

    May 13, 2010
    Mine are 3 months...not mean yet...sooo I am waiting to see... [​IMG]
  3. cicene mete

    cicene mete Songster

    Jun 19, 2008
    It's hard to tell. Often times, roosters will have a dramatic transformation of their personality when they turned one year old. The sweetest, cuddliest little guy will turn into a nightmare. However, when they are younger, if you hold them firmly at the first signs of aggression had not put them down until they become calm, you can often times curb the unwanted behavior.

    The main thing to remember is that whatever happens, don't get mad. The rooster is just doing what comes naturally, defending his girls and his territory. If you become aggressive, it will just make him feel more threatened, and he'll get even worse.
  4. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Songster

    Nov 14, 2009
    Kingman Arizona
    I'd say the age to get rid of them depends on why you are getting rid of them. Aggression? Crowing? Eating them? Can't keep roosters in your area? Too many roosters? If you just don't want roosters and are selling/giving them away, then you could let them go as soon as you know who the roosters are. If eating, obviously let them get to the biggest size you can. If for other reasons, when/before they crow, which in my flock has averaged 3-4 months old.

    Mine are all about 4-6 months old, and we will be culling this week because they are starting to fight each other, getting too rough on the hens, and crowing too much. I was hoping to wait until it is cooler in the fall as we are butchering them to eat and it's super hot and there are tons of flies right now, but they have to go very quickly. So they're a bit smaller than I'd like, but I can't stand the incessant crowing and fighting anymore, plus they are gobbling more food than I am willing to dish out.
  5. bald k9

    bald k9 Songster

    Sep 5, 2009
    Rural Edwardsville
    Thanks for the info ,I know I ended up with 2 polish roosters and 2 polish hens,about a month 1/2 old, and now I got 8 silkies ,about 2 weeks so I know some of those will be roosters, ,Anybody close by Edwardsville ,Illinois ,would like to take some roosters off my hands???lol

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