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What to do When Your Hen Turns Out to be a Rooster

Did your cute little hen from Tractor Supply turn out to be a Rooster? I know the disappointing feeling. You try to tell yourself, “Some hens can crow right?” This time I tried to believe my kids were playing a trick on me, and it was their tablets making the Rooster sound.

Nope, BOTH of my LongHorn Chickens I was excited to have eggs from were Roosters.

So what should you do in this situation? Here’s how to decide what to do with your little Rooster.

Regardless, this is a common mistake that many people make.

What to do When Your Hen Turns Out to be a Rooster

Keeping It

If only one of your hens turned out to be a Rooster, consider keeping it. Depending on where you live, the crowing of a Rooster isn’t much different than the squawking the ladies do over nesting boxes.

Then you could grab an incubator down the road and keep your backyard flock going. This is the incubator we bought and used, and I highly recommend it.

What to do When Your Hen Turns Out to be a Rooster

Ask a neighbor or friend if they want it.

This is probably the most popular route most backyard chicken farmers choose. Throw up a post on social media asking if anyone wants a Rooster.

It’s a lot harder, as you will find out, to get rid of a Rooster than a hen, but depending on how he looks, you could easily find a taker.

What to do When Your Hen Turns Out to be a Rooster

Put it up on Craigslist/Facebook Groups

If you can’t get a friend to take it, put it on craigslist. Whether you want to charge or not is entirely up to you. There are Livestock groups on Facebook too. You could offer to sell or give away the Rooster.

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Consider showing it in 4-H.

Hey, there are always those 4-hers! If you aren’t a part of a local 4-H club, you could consider joining. At least it gives you a reason to hang on to the roo.

Animal Shelter

Check for a local animal shelter if you can’t find anyone around to take the Rooster. In our area, there is a local Lollipop farm that takes livestock. You can also google Farms that take Roosters near me too.

What to do When Your Hen Turns Out to be a Rooster

Our typical option -Dinner

Dinner. It’s one of the best parts of being a chicken farmer. You can eat them. Yes, it is a little bit of work, and it usually isn’t any fun to only do one bird. BUT here is an easy way to consider it.

If you haven’t checked our video on how we butcher our backyard chickens go here.

It may not even be worth heating the turkey fryer as we did in the video for one bird. Our suggestion is to skin the bird. It’s the fastest and easiest. You can grind up the meat if you have a grinder to keep it simple.

Depending on the type of chicken breed, the meat may already be a little challenging. It’s better to butcher sooner than later. Unlike birds raised for meat, they won’t grow much more significantly to give you more meat; it will only make the meat more challenging.

You can put the chicken in your pressure cooker or slow cooker to get a nice texture. And put the bones to use- make your bone broth.

Check out my recent Tiktok Video of our newest flock of chicks, and guess how many are Roosters( I still haven’t confirmed it yet!)

If you are on the fence, here are some quick reasons I prefer to have a Rooster, and you can check out how vital a Rooster is when you free-range your flock here.

Protection– They will alert the flock to any land and sky predators. It is one of my favorite things to watch the Roosters over the years sit back, call the ladies over for food and be on alert 24/7.

Bossy– They do keep the flock in order. From where they should be foraging for food for the day and who is out of line. A Rooster is a great leader for the hens.

Feathers – Okay, basically, they are pretty! The color ranges and feathers are gorgeous depending on what breed you have.

Chicks– When you have a Rooster, you can have chicks. So whether your hen is sitting on her eggs, and maybe you don’t want the hen to, or incubate the eggs,( the incubator linked is the same one we use and love it) you can have little chicks running around in no time.

Even though the outcome of a Rooster can be disappointing, there are plenty of options to make it work for your homestead.

Which option are you leaning towards?

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