What to do with unwanted cockerls

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mrsgibber, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. mrsgibber

    mrsgibber Songster

    Jun 3, 2008
    Bolton, CT
    Quote:Thanks, I'm excited again too. [​IMG]
  2. Chicken Fruit

    Chicken Fruit Songster

    Feb 25, 2009
    Echo Homestead
    Why not just keep them until you can process them? Just dont put them outside until late morning each day.

    And why not get just pullets? Its only a few cents more per bird at all the hatcheries i've shopped at.
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    I know this is not your question, but if you get 8 true straight run chicks, the following are the odds of what you get.

    All Male - 1 in 256 or 0.4%
    1 Female - 8 in 256 or 3.1%
    2 Female - 28 in 256 or 10.9%
    3 Female - 56 in 256 or 21.9%
    4 Female - 70 in 256 or 27.3%
    5 Female - 56 in 26 or 21.9%
    6 Female - 28 in 256 or 10.9%
    7 Female - 8 in 256 or 3.1%
    All Female - 1 in 256 or 0.4%

    Just for info.
  4. mrsgibber

    mrsgibber Songster

    Jun 3, 2008
    Bolton, CT
    Hmmm....very interesting!
  5. chookchick

    chookchick Songster

    Aug 18, 2008
    Olympia WA
    If there isn't any way to sex them--here are my suggestions (works best with 3 day or older chicks). Pick the ones with smaller, delicate legs. Don't pick any that are bumping chests. Don't pick the ones that stick their head up out of the bunch first and stand erect. Don't pick the ones that have the prettiest feathering! I did this twice! and still have a roo even though he was supposed to be a sexed pullet [​IMG]
    Pick the ones that kind of waddle still. Best of luck, and hope all your roos are nasty, so you can part easily with them!
  6. Gonzo the Great

    Gonzo the Great Songster

    Jan 14, 2008
    Sugar Land, TX
    In regards to straight runs for an outlaw coop...NEVER AGAIN!
  7. Emzyyy

    Emzyyy Runs with Deer

    Jul 14, 2008
    Derby Kansas
    I ordered from Ideal I have 9 roosters and 9 Hens, but I kept all of them and have had them for months now and they all get along kinda weird huh? once in awhile they play fight but never really hurt each other.
  8. mrsgibber

    mrsgibber Songster

    Jun 3, 2008
    Bolton, CT
    I lucked out and found some sexed chicks (two different types of sex linked). No worries on the rooster situation any more...phew!
  9. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
  10. Chihuahuamom

    Chihuahuamom In the Brooder

    Oct 20, 2008
    I am about to do the same thing, I am picking up 8 silkie chicks today and am worried sick because have a terrible odds when it comes to picking hens....I have an adult silkie at this time that I need to place cause he fights with any other rooster. I rasised him from an egg and hate to place him cause he's a sweetheart with people and the hens but a nightmare with my frizzle roosters. So good luck to you !! I was thinking of a rooster pen but doesn't that seem mean to do, to keep them from hens?[​IMG]

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