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What am I supposed to do with all the bantam rooster?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by guinea fowl galore, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. guinea fowl galore

    guinea fowl galore Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2009
    Australia
    Obviously if you hatch out chicks your going to get roosters. So what am I supposed to do with them all? I might be able to sell a few, but probably not many. But then it just seems wrong to eat them. [​IMG]
    What do YOU do with your tiny roosters?
     
  2. Animalian

    Animalian Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2011
    Australia
    I would take him to a hippy guy who lives an hour away on many many acres and takes in unwanted but not-to-be-eaten roosters! That's where my chicks will go if they grow up roos!

    He slowly tries to rehome the purebreds, the rest just live out their years there. He has some ANCIENT roos lol Darn noisy there though lol

    I have heard of people eating them and treating them like quail lol
     
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  3. tnchickenut

    tnchickenut It's all about the Dels!

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    keep them! the best part of bantams over standards is not that they eat less and take less space, but that you can have alot more roosters without carnage. Right now I have a flockfor winter put together with 16 roosters and 14 hens.... no fights, just put them all together. Just try to keep a few and sell a few... all my bantam breeding flocks have 3 boys minimum... turns out to be 2 hens for every roo. I couldn't do that with standards.
     
  4. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

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    Eat them. I had 12 Silver penciled rocks 2 years ago & they were tasty!
     
  5. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    I also eat any excess birds. Nothing tastes better than a bird you raised yourself.

    Good luck.
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Eat then - they are great as fryers. [​IMG]
     
  7. afchicken

    afchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:i have a big flock with almost 30 roos over 100 hens and my banty roos are the 1s that fight the most
     
  8. guinea fowl galore

    guinea fowl galore Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2009
    Australia
    I can't keep them, that's for sure. They're over mating the hens as it is. I've got pens filled with roosters.
    I may be able to eat them in the future. But I'm just getting used to eating the big boys. I'd don't think I'd handle a tiny one just yet.
     
  9. runsw/scissors

    runsw/scissors Chillin' With My Peeps

    The tiny ones don't look (dressed out) much different from the little cornish game hens you buy at the store. As you are discovering smaller size can sometimes mean XXL sized problems.

    If you can't sell/give them away on craigslist perhaps you can put up a notice at the feed store? Also, have you considered advertising them at ethnic groceries? You might be able to sell them for a few dollars that way.

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  10. Cattitude

    Cattitude Chillin' With My Peeps

    They're just the right size for a single-person serving. [​IMG] Truly, they are. All those big dollars that are spent on frozen game hens... you could just process your roosters at around 5-6 months and have a gourmet meal.

    [​IMG]
     

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