Well it is a long story involving my mum getting a bit over-excited about eggs at a chicken auction and a couple of bad incubator hatches followed by one amazing one but I am now the not so proud owner of NINETEEN chickens. Of which only seven are hens .
So what on earth do I do with all my cockerals? I actually only want to keep my four millefleur hens plus I also have a very tame lavendar frizzle cockeral I don't think I can part with.
so that leaves me with a pair (one boy, one girl) and two trios (both one boy and two girls) which I can probably sell somewhere plus OMG six lonely cockerals? who are all starting crow. I am going to be the least popular person in the villiage with a reputation for being mental if I don't get rid of them soon. Any ideas other than bopping them on the head?
If they are pure breeds you could try giving them away if someone wants them. But tbh a cull is probably the most realistic option. Sadly no-one wants cockerels. Please don't be tempted by fur and feather sales - cockerels go very cheap and can often go to be fighting cock bait
traditionally, that's what is done with male birds. the females are kept for eggs and the males are kept for meat.
It's only the recent industrialization of food production that means that hens only are kept for meat and eggs. Of course, that means that the males are thrown away at birth. I think that's a lot worse than giving the boys a happy home and feeding your family with them.
Are the cocks pekins? Then they're rubbish for eating. I'd advertise them as FTGH at your local feed merchant and on poultry forums first. I've always managed to rehome pure breed boys through contacts like those, but I've only ever had to home 2 or 3 boys a year. If it comes to it though, and no homes can be found, the most humane thing to do would be to cull them. If you don't know how, or are squeamish, it might be worth contacting your local vet. Mine agreed to euthanise any birds I couldn't home, but luckily I never had to do it. Are any of the cocks particularly interesting? Rare colours? Great example of the breed? Frizzled? That all helps to find them new abodes. A nice picture can work wonders. My frizzle pekin lad from last year went to live with a lady in the peak district, where he lived the life of Riley. She sent me the pictures to prove it
I do have a lavender frizzle boy but he is the one I'm keeping. I love him!
The other boys are two millefleurs, two wheatons, a slightly dodgy porcelain (nothing wrong with him physically but he has a bit of brown around the neck area), a lavendar and a lemon splash. Don't know if any of them are great examples of the breed, I think the lavender is rather smart looking but I could just be biased as lavender and millefleur are my favourite colours.
I've advertised them in my local pets at home as FTGH, will also put an add up in the local feed mills. They are pekins BTW.
Pets at Home is unlikely to get you a hobby breeder home I'm afraid. They charge twice the price of feed stores for all of their chicken stuff. You really need to advertise in a feed store or on poultry sites to stand a chance of finding them good homes. The other option is to find them some girls and sell them as pairs/trios. An awful lot of breeders will only sell birds that way to ensure they're not left with all of the boys.
Yes. All cockerels crow. Some are louder than others, but there's no real way of knowing until each bird gives it some. If you have neighbours, don't get a cockerel. It will cause mayhem. I had a serama cockerel for a week. Then I lost my bottle and sent him back to the breeder.