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What do you do with an unwanted roo?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ParlorCityChickens, May 18, 2010.

  1. ParlorCityChickens

    ParlorCityChickens Songster

    May 14, 2010
    We have a small flock (6) on our large double lot in the City of Binghamton. I realized tonight that one of our "ladies" is a dude! He has been a sweetheart and has an amusing personality (so THAT'S why "she" seemed so bossy!!!) but we really are not interested in keeping a rooster, and we are sure our neighbors are not interested, either. Any ideas on what to do with him? He and the pullets are all 4 weeks old. I'm sure it's a roo, I see wattles and a big comb growing in, knobby legs, and that assertive bossiness! [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 18, 2010

  2. WA4-Hpoultrymom

    WA4-Hpoultrymom Never enough coops...

    Feb 5, 2009
    Monroe, WA
    My Coop
    List him here in the For Sale section, list him on Craigslist (for free if you REALLY want him gone) or see if a local feed store will take him. Or, put him in your freezer?
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    I agree..i use CL..
  4. Intheswamp

    Intheswamp Songster

    Mar 25, 2009
    South Alabama
  5. DaKid

    DaKid Songster

    Aug 31, 2008
    Berkley , Ma.
    yep [​IMG] give him away -
    [​IMG] sell him
    [​IMG] or chicken soup he goes

    thats what I do with my X-tras Roo's [​IMG]
  6. aggieterpkatie

    aggieterpkatie Songster

    Apr 26, 2009
    I have tried selling on CL. No luck. I did give a few away for free on there. Recently I had 5 roos I wanted to sell. Decided to take them to the local livestock auction. They sold for a total of $25 and I got $20 back (after sellers fees were taken out). It was $20 I didn't have before. [​IMG] And now my hens have it much easier. [​IMG]
  7. elmo

    elmo Songster

    May 23, 2009
    Are there any local organizations of poultry enthusiasts in your area? I found a local group on MeetUp and one on Yahoo, and posted about my little roo there. We found an excellent home for him that way. It helps sometimes if you're willing to send a hen to go with the rooster. That's what worked for us.

    A friend of ours here told me that he's had better luck using poultry group lists than Craigs List. He said a lot of the people who have responded to Craigs List ads simply don't bother to show up after they say they're going to, and some of the people who did show up were downright scary.

    I checked out the people who responded on the poultry board to check their comment history. That way, I sort of knew something about them before I decided who would get my roo. The person who posted about having her whole flock killed by her dog ...didn't.

  8. DTRM30

    DTRM30 Songster

    May 25, 2009
    I found a home for my two roos on craigs list. A local person who said she hatches for the school (our town's high school doubles as the states vo-agg school) - and had a flock of about 40 and that they didn't eat any of their birds. She seemed genuine - and when we met she seemed OK - had proper transportation (large plastic dog crate that looks to have been used for chickens many times). It was good for my son to believe they went to a good home regardless if they became dinner or not. I hope not as I was really attached to "Foghorn" - he was nice looking and friendly - but .... it is what it is and all I can do is hope that she was genuine. I had had several replies, many of which were definitely going to eat them.
  9. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    I found the best way to get them a new home was to include 2 pullets, and sell as a trio.
  10. Savannah Poultry

    Savannah Poultry The Source

    Mar 29, 2010
    Lakeview, OR
    theyr'e really not that hard to butcher...

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