What do you do with all of your roosters?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jjb1953, Mar 3, 2017.

  1. jjb1953

    jjb1953 Chirping

    May 6, 2013
    I would really love to hatch for educational purposes.
    I am wondering though, what does everyone do if they end up with too many roosters?
    I have thought of just giving away ... do you find people are in search of roosters? Or is this just wishful thinking?



  2. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Free Ranging

    May 4, 2016
    Somewhere in the Universe
    Sell them, trade for hens, give away, keep them or eat them.
  3. Melody the Goat

    Melody the Goat In the Brooder

    We usually butcher and eat the roosters we don't want/can't keep. They are very tasty home-raised!
  4. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Songster

    Jul 18, 2013
    Before you even think of hatching it is good to recognize at least 50% of your hatchlings will be cockerels and I've read several sources it can be and often is a 55% to 45% split with the higher number being boys.
    Sometimes you can sell straight run early on unless you are breeding sex links or autosexing breeds.
    And giving away, unless you ask no questions isn't that easy. Usually I have a bachelor pad and will hold onto the nice ones hoping someone will want a friendly cockerel.
    In some areas there are auctions you can take them to.
  5. ejcrist

    ejcrist Songster

    Oct 16, 2015
    Desert Hills, AZ
    That 'bout sums it up. We eat most but if you decide to give away, like dekel18042 said, try not to put too many conditions on it. I've known people that insisted their cockerels go to a good home with at least 10 hens, can free-range, etc., and in no instance can they be eaten. And then they wonder why they're still holding on to an adult rooster three years later. Just wanted to point that out.

  6. AmandaKyle

    AmandaKyle Songster

    Apr 13, 2014
    In my experience, it's not easy to give a roo away even if he's free and is a purebred bird. Most people can't have them, don't want them, or are limited to one. We were able to give a Dominique roo to a local "chicken guy" who has over 100 birds and let's them free range.

    In the fall, we had to cull a Swedish Flower roo because we couldn't find a soul who wanted him. We had already chosen to keep our Black Copper Marans roo who readily accepted the No Crow collar. When we attempted to put a collar on the Swedish Flower, he got nasty so it was bye-bye birdie!

    I see roos listed on Craigslist for $15 or more and it always perplexes me. Unless you have an in demand breed then I think it's unlikely someone will purchase your roo. But hey, I could be wrong!
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2017
  7. AllynTal

    AllynTal Songster

    Aug 22, 2014
    Mississippi Gulf Coast
    We eat them. I slow-roasted one of our boys last night and he was delicious. As others have already pointed out, it isn't easy to get rid of a rooster. Honestly, if you don't have a plan to deal with them that is within your control BEFORE you start hatching eggs (listing them on Craigslist and hoping someone takes them is NOT in your control) you shouldn't start hatching eggs.
  8. junebuggena

    junebuggena Crowing

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    Mine end up feeding my family for a few reasons. After all the time and feed that went into raising them, I'd rather get a meal or two out of them rather than give them away to be somebody else's dinner. And I don't have to buy as much commercially produced meat. I'd rather eat a cockerel that lived a humane life rather than purchase commercially raised meat.
  9. jjb1953

    jjb1953 Chirping

    May 6, 2013

  10. jjb1953

    jjb1953 Chirping

    May 6, 2013

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