So you’ve got some young chickens, they’re growing well, but one of them has just started making a bizarre noise. Sounding like a cross between playing a saxophone in a bathtub and slowly strangling a cat, this is a noise that can be quite baffling as your young rooster slowly works out how to crow. Don’t worry, he’ll work it out pretty quickly and so will you.
This video, shared with us by Margaret in the comments below, is an excellent primer on how to sex young poultry.
So what to do? For people that keep chooks purely for food production, bumping them and popping them in the pot can be both a sustainable & organic approach as well as being welfare appropriate if done with skill and compassion. But for many of us that simply is not an option! So what then? There are a few places in Perth and SW Western Australia that can sometimes take roosters, including Rid Rooster.
For many backyard chook people these little men have already become a valued part of the family by the time their gender has become apparent. Animal Happiness Vet now has both surgical and non-surgical sterilisation options to safely and reliably stop your rooster from crowing. Note that with either of these methods they are more effective the younger they are done, and neither can be counted on if performed after 14 weeks of age.
- Chemical sterilisation – Hormone implants
- A hormone implant can be safely injected under your rooster’s skin that will suppress testosterone and therefore the development of both physical and behavioural rooster characteristics for around 6 to 12 months. These do need to be repeated for life to stop a rooster developing.
- Surgical sterilisation – Caponisation
- This is a procedure that used to be done on a large scale across the world, but now is extremely rare. This is a good thing as the procedure was traditionally performed on birds without any anaesthesia or pain relief! It was very popular as a capon (the term for a castrated rooster) grew to be a plumper and tastier bird.
- We perform the surgery with all the appropriate standards of modern veterinary medicine. The procedure is done in our surgical theatre with pain relief and intensive nursing care.
- The birds come in in the morning, have their surgery during the day and go home with you later in the afternoon, just like a dog or cat sterilisation.
- The complication rate is very low and most birds are bouncing around again within a few days.
- They grow up to be very sociable and lovely pets, never display rooster behaviours such as aggression and crowing. They are often even better at raising young chicks than the hens!
Please call our hospital on 63 555 177 or message us to get help with your rooster now! The longer you wait the lower the chance of success with either method!