Q: I got a rooster I don't want. How do I find a new home for him?
A: Great question! Unfortunately, sexing is an art -- not an exact science -- so when you buy day old chicks, errors are bound to happen; it is the risk associated with purchasing sexed chicks. We're sorry if this has happened to you, whether you purchased your chicks from us or from another hatchery or feed store. It can be stressful to try to find a home for your unwanted rooster, and sometimes the most stressful part is having to part with him at all. Juvenile roosters are usually very friendly, and almost invariably are the favorite "hen" of the flock, so the disappointment can be simply terrible. (As they grow, roosters tend to lose their friendliness, and hens tend to get more friendly, but knowing that can be small comfort when it comes down to parting with a pet!)
So first consider: do you really have to part with him? Our no-crow rooster collar is a human solution to control a rooster's loud crowing; it dramatically reduces the volume and frequency of crowing, so you may be able to keep your pet rooster after all. View the no-crow rooster collar here.
If you do have to rehome your rooster after all, We've found the following sources to be the most helpful in rehoming roosters, listed in order of importance:
1. Find a small farm near you. Many have a few "show" chickens and especially like fancy varieties.
2. Call a local feed store to see if they know of anyone who might want an extra rooster (this is great for finding small farms, too).
3. Local 4-H clubs often have members that are excited to take an extra rooster, especially if it is a fancy breed!
4. Craigslist is also a good resource to use to find a home for your rooster.
Remember to be familiar with any sexing guarantees provided by the place from which you have purchased so you can get any credit you are entitled to. Most major hatcheries will refund any sexing errors that amount to more than 10% of your order; at My Pet Chicken, we refund any and all sexing errors in full. Sometimes farm and feed stores will have the same 90% guarantee--and sometimes they will have no guarantee at all! Hatcheries typically have a period of a month or two during which any errors can be reported, so be sure to familiarize yourself with the reporting period when you order.
If you purchased from My Pet Chicken, you will have read and accepted our guarantees when you placed your order (you must do so before you complete your purchase). To re-read the details of our sexing guarantee, please refer to the "sexing errors" section of our policies page.