What do you do with your excess cockerels?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by DancingWthDucks, Sep 1, 2016.

  1. DancingWthDucks

    DancingWthDucks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2016
    Cumbria, UK
    I've got a skill at hatching cockerels. Last hatch I ended up with 1 pullet and 4 cockerels, this hatch I'm stuck with 0 pullets and 3 cockerels. It always takes me weeks to rehome them. What does everyone else do?
  2. I am lucky I guess? I took 9 cockerels to my Uncles to be butchered and the others I traded a guy I know for pullets....Paid a bit for each pullet but not full price...I ordered 35 Chicks and had 18 cockerels to sell or give away..Free always goes the fastest...
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    Mine go to the freezer. It's hard to even give them away around here. And by the time they are 14 weeks old, I've already spent so much time and money feeding and raising them, that I might as well get a meal out of them. I get humanely raised meat to feed my family, and it's one less factory farmed meal. I would rather eat a bird that had a good, healthy life rather than a bird from the grocery store that lived a horrible life.
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2016
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I eat them.....or give them to someone else who eats them.
    Here they are meat by 16 weeks, put them on the grill for that delicious crispy skin.....and the grilled bones make a killer stock.
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    Chicken Enchiladas, Baby!
  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs I Wanna Be A Cowboy Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    There are only so many homes and too many roosters. If you like hatching it's best to get used to butchering, or at least selling or giving them away for meat.
  7. farmgirllvo

    farmgirllvo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2016
    Yeah meat is best. I have 3 old hens and 2-3 rosters I need to butcher this fall.

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