When to thin the Roosters

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Fishhunter65, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. Fishhunter65

    Fishhunter65 New Egg

    Jul 26, 2012
    South Alabama
    New to raising chickens, Placed my 1st ordered of 20 chicks, Nankins, due in a few weeks. Have a pretty good handle on most of what I need to do. But, inevitably I'm going to have thin the roosters out. At what age should I decided which one to keep? Thanks for your help.
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    I usually figure it out by the time they start to crow. Maybe later if they are a fast maturing breed.
    Boys growing up together don't fight much unless they're separated and reunited or have girls around.
  3. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 31, 2009
    Somerville, AL
    I'd go to the breeds forum and find the thread for Nankins. See what people that raise them think. I have JG and it was suggested to me to wait until they were a year or two old because they mature so slowly.

    Otherwise, when they are big enough to eat, start crowing, start fighting. Your choice.

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