what to do with all the male chicks.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lostroger, Nov 12, 2010.

  1. lostroger

    lostroger Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 26, 2010
    Louisville Ky
    have about 150-200 RI Red male chicks, females are selling good.
    any ideas on a market for the males????
    growing fast and eating alot lol

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  2. vickie2133

    vickie2133 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 30, 2009
    That is a lot of males. I would put them on Craigslist, I sold a few roosters on there last week.
  3. bonder

    bonder Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 2, 2010
    You could caponize them, raise them and eat them. Or sell their meat (if that's legal in your area.)
    If you don't want that investment, you could sell them on craigslist or on one of the auctions on here.
    Good luck!
  4. HorizonSon

    HorizonSon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2010
    Pacific NW
    It might be time to buy one of those "501 ways to cook chicken" books [​IMG]
  5. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    This is why one should always plan ahead. [​IMG]

    I never sell THAT many chicks and have THAT many cockerels remaining, and I usually sell breeds people actually want males of. . . But, if I have extras, I raise them to eat. Even raising up until their first crow is fine.
  6. Kassaundra

    Kassaundra Sonic screwdrivers are cool!

    Sep 1, 2010
    Quote:About how big is the average dual purpose at "first crow"?
  7. TennesseeTruly

    TennesseeTruly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2009
    Church Hill, TN
    One of my markets here for my males are people who are feeding their dogs a natural food diet. I have several customers lined up for my extra roos. I grow them out for them and then they pay me for raising them up for them. I have them all ready for them to come pick them up and they actually take them from me live.

    Most have the facilities to dress them themselves but they don't have the time or the inclination to raise them. I get paid for my time and trouble.

    It's a win/win situation for both of us.

  8. Chickanmanfromarkansas

    Chickanmanfromarkansas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2010
    Butcher them and eat them. I know that it is too many to eat all at once but you can freeze them or can them in jars with the broth and use it to make quick meals out of later.
  9. chicksbestfriend

    chicksbestfriend Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 12, 2010
    Maui, Hawaii
    Quote:How the heck did you end up with so many???? Did you incubate all those? I dont know about KY, but here, I have a sole buyer of all my male chicks; as soon as they hatch, he takes them all one crack, for the same reason Laurie sells off her males. I literally give them away for the price he pays, but better than getting stuck with them. I keep a few with each new hatch and ad to the breeding stock that I keep. I posted an ad in CL, thats how I found my single buyer. I have had folks request males, but when they hatched, often times changed their minds, so I will not sell the male chicks to individuals unless they pay upfront because it takes me too long to rehome them. Good luck in finding a buyer, there is one out there, just be creative with you ads. [​IMG]
  10. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Since it is not economical to raise them up for the most part unless you plan on eating them yourself, I would sell them to the pet food market. An ad saying good for reptile feeders or such may get some interest.

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