What do you do with roosters?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by IggiMom, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. IggiMom

    IggiMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2009
    West Virginia
    I have just started incubating eggs. In the past, I either ordered chicks as pullets, and I guess I have been incredibly lucky, because I have never once had a goof up, or bought them as started pullets. But now, I am starting to incubate eggs, and I am wondering what I will do when a bunch of them turn into roosters. (Well, I guess I should just hope they hatch, right? But I am still wondering.)

    We do not eat our chickens. They are sort of pets, although we do eat the eggs. But if I have too many roosters, it is hard on the hens, of course.

    Of course I would want to keep some, especially if they were outstanding, or if they came out of an outstanding egg, but still, it is for sure that I will have too many...and they will be fighting perhaps...and doing other things that roos do...so I was just wondering what people did when they found themselves with too many roosters.

    Hopefully I will get a lot hatching and this is a problem! I have been worrying about it.[​IMG]
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I ordered two roosters, got five. I put signs up at the local library branch and the post office. All three went to one home where they now are the leaders of 80 hens.
    That left me with two, my alpha and his subordinate. Because I really favored the looks and personality of the sub. rooster and a friend was needing to restart her flock, I gave her my alpha and a couple of hens. I now have one roo I adore.
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2009
  3. ducks4you

    ducks4you Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2009
    East Central Illinois
    Coop the hens:)

    Eat the eggs;)

    Devour the roosters:D
  4. Chicks_N_Horses

    Chicks_N_Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    South Alabama
    We eat the extra roos or sell them at the local sale.
  5. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

    Jul 27, 2008
    Where I am it would be about impossible to keep roosters. Since I am kind of a softie, I just advertised mine on a local craigslist. Then I dont have to know what happened,lol!
  6. countrybum

    countrybum Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 15, 2008
    area pop. 96
    I have to agree with the ones above. I have my extra Roos processed and they go in the deep freeze and believe me, they taste better than any chemically induce chicken from the store.
  7. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    Out of my last hatch of 7 eggs I got all roos'..... They are still here in the brooder but will be sold at the fair or given to homes. The 4 I am going to get rid of are from show quality parents so they might sell for more. They are bantys.
  8. tcwk

    tcwk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    NW, PA
    I bought 12 chicks recently and I'm going to ask around if anyone wants a roo or two (someone already has 1st dibs) and if I still have any left I'm going to make them dinner. (Im not allowed to keep any roos where i live) [​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2009
  9. swedishfish

    swedishfish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2009
    Hi! I'm new to BYC. [​IMG] Right now I have three black wyandotte roos and know I need to get rid of two. One of the roos is the father of the other two and is the Alpha. One of the little roos (1 year old) doesn't get along with the others, but the other one seems fine. I'm just unsure what two to get rid of. Do I want to keep the one who doesn't get along because he might have good potential for taking care of the little flock, or do I want to keep the one who is more of an easy-going guy? I'd like to keep one of the younger ones because I hatched them myself (well the hens did), but don't know if that would be a good idea. I would love your advice! Thanks!
  10. lilarabookworm

    lilarabookworm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 4, 2008
    me and my sister are having trouble deciding which roo to keep too. Its going to be a tough choice because we have to choose one out of 7. and i dont want to eat or kill any of my precious babies. [​IMG]

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