Sexing baby chicks at a hatchery are quite common nowadays. You may want some pullets, but no one can give a 100% guarantee that you will only get hens. You will end up having at least one rooster in your flock as there is no assurance of not getting even a single ‘boy chicken!’ It will take a few weeks to find out whether it’s a hen or a cock. So, what next? Well, if you are wondering what to do with unwanted birdies, then you are in the right place. This article is all about how to get rid of a rooster. Let’s begin.
How to Get Rid of an Unwanted Rooster
Some people choose to have a cockerel as it can guard the flock, be an alarm clock, and fertilize eggs for hatching. Having them is entertaining. It’s good to see how it alerts the hens to find and reach the food source. So, first thing first, list out the positive and negative aspects of keeping a rooster. Before reading further, be sure about having or not having a goose at your backyard.
Return to The Hatchery
It is essential to refer to the return or credit policy of your favorite hatchery before placing your order. If that place provides such facilities, then you can quickly leave the rooster. Contact the managing person and talk about your issue. Some hatcheries guarantee their chick sexing and will exchange or compensate for unwanted cockerels. So before trying any other ideas, see if you can return or exchange the male chicken.
Give or Sell Your Rooster
Looking at the other easy option to get rid of them in your yard, try to find some homesteads that require healthy cockerel. You can first ask your friends whether they need a rooster or not and then look for the others. This process will give a home to the birdie and will also help a farm owner who is in need. If you don’t mind letting go of a hen along with the cock, then you can sell them as a breeding pair.
Look for a Chicken Rescue Group
If the rooster is noisy, aggressive, or keep harassing the hens instead of protecting them, then you may want to get rid of it as soon as possible. In this case, there are two options. One is that you offer a sale or donate it to some bird shelter in your area or take help from the Chicken Rescue Teams and request them to take the bird away. You can also look for a new home using local social media groups.
Find a Bird Sanctuary
If you want to keep them safe, then you can also try to find some bird or aminal sanctuaries. If they are out of roosters, they can take yours, and you will be free. But most of the time, they do have too many cockerels and don’t accept others! You can just try and take a chance. Even if they don’t want a goose, you will get many suggestions regarding takers because of their contacts. If you give, then you should make sure that the animal sanctuary has the facilities for poultry before giving away your rooster.
Last but Not Least, Killing of an Annoying Rooster
Sometimes, you can’t get rid of your cockerel in any manner. The situations are not in your favor, and you are unable to find any solution to your problem. So, if you are not sure how to scare a rooster away or how to silence a rooster, then the only other option left is to kill it. I would not recommend this option if you are not going to eat your bird, but it is usually an ethical or personal choice.
There are many ways to kill a cockerel, such as swift decapitation or wringing the neck. But, I would recommend getting the help of your veterinarian. Have your veterinarian euthanize the bird. This way, you will feel not that bad. You can also ask the vet about the best way to poison a rooster. It is not right to leave the chicken off on the side of a country road. Try to choose some kind and less painful option to kill it.
The Bottom Line
Keeping or letting them go is your personal choice. Just like every coin has two sides, roosters can also be bad and useful at the same time. It’s up to you what you want to do with the unwanted birdie. If you choose to keep it, then you have to train your roo. It’s not that difficult to work with it if you are patient enough. Try to make it calm and teach not to crow too early. After all, it’s just a bird! 😉