What do you do with your excess cockerels?

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  1. DancingWthDucks

    DancingWthDucks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've got a talent at hatching cockerels. The resulting chicks of my last two hatches were 1 pullet and 7 cockerels. I try to rehome mine but it always takes forever. What do you do with your excess cockerels?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Depending upon the breed , I eat them as fryers or raise them for roasting.
     
  3. Chaos18

    Chaos18 Minion King Premium Member

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    All extra boys get eaten.
     
  4. Gammond

    Gammond Chillin' With My Peeps

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    even though my roosters aren't for meat, I plant to butcher at 16ish weeks and use for casseroles.
     
  5. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Merry Christmas! Staff Member

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    I try to rehome mine but I'm afraid if they don't find anywhere suitable they are culled and put out as fox bait. My breeds are on the small side (Bantams) so not really worth the effort of growing on, butchering and eating. They certainly don't go to waste though. I would much rather do this than take them to auction where they certainly could end up in unscrupulous hands and have goodness knows what kind of life. I look at it as they have had a good well cared for life with me and the end is quick.
     
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  6. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Eat em
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Bantams can be eaten....about the same size or larger than quail.

    I eat my extra cockerels too, before 16 weeks they make it onto the grill for that crispy skin deliciousness, then the grilled bones make killer stock.
     
  8. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    We eat ours. Bantams are edible - just takes a few more to get a meal!
     

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