Will a capon fight with a rooster?

Skyle

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6 weeks ago my favourite hen hatched three chicks, but I unfortunately lost her with two of her chicks the same night. The last chick left now is grew up and I'm very attached to him. I'm pretty sure he's a cockerel:hmm. The problem is that I can't keep him as a rooster: he will probably fight with my other rooster (I can't have more than 8 chickens, so if I keep him I'll have no more than 6 hens) and mate with his sisters (form a different hatch), which will probably overmated too. I was thinking of neutering him, there are chances that he gets along with the other male? What's the best age to caponizing (I'll have a vet do it)?
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This is him some time ago
 

Alwaysfowlplay

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Do you have a vet that is willing to do it? Many do not. I would be concerned that the rooster would pick on him personally but you could try and then separate if needed.
 

Skyle

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Thanks everyone for the answers. My rooster is very sweet and immediately got on well with the bigger chicks, so I don't think another one is a problem, but I'm sure a rooster will be. I should have a vet willing to do it and I'll try to ask him this week, in the worst case I will have to find a new home for my chick.
 

Skyle

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Please let us know what you find out....wondering if vets do this regularly in EU.

I'm not sure, but reading in some Italian forums I saw that it is legal to castrate a cockerel (mainly to eat them later). Talking to the vet, however, I was told that it would be better to find him a new home because there is a risk that my rooster will attack him anyway. I'll look for someone who can give him a happy life.
 

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I'm not sure, but reading in some Italian forums I saw that it is legal to castrate a cockerel (mainly to eat them later). Talking to the vet, however, I was told that it would be better to find him a new home because there is a risk that my rooster will attack him anyway. I'll look for someone who can give him a happy life.
Curious if vet gave you an age range and a cost to caponize.
 

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