When to rehome roosters?

mindy_marvelmom

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My chickens are about to 7 weeks old, and it seems pretty certain that I’ve got a couple of cockerels. I’m about to start integration with my somewhat older girls and wondering if I should rehome the roosters now or wait a little while. I do have a couple of places that have said they can take them. Just don’t know enough to know if it is easier on the little guys sooner or later.
 

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RUNuts

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Agree. Sooner the better. Around 12 weeks the boys will start the hormone drive and some get aggressive to the pullets and some to you. If you wish to miss all this drama, now is the time. This will lower your feed bill and let the remaining members sort through the pecking order with integration and more room for the rest of the flock.

I'll grow the boys out to first crow and the more aggressive ones are the first ones to go. They are easy to identify.
 

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