Did you raise Henrietta and find out later he is crowing more like a Henry? We offer a home for pet roosters in our "Gentleman's Club". While it is okay to be COCKY and use FOWL language, roosters must be respectful of children. Roosters that are aggressive towards people are not eligible. To join, your rooster needs to be in perfect health (no missing feathers, no parasites, no injuries, and never experienced an illness requiring antibiotics to recover within his lifetime. Adults only (should be crowing and at least 3 months old). We require a one time enrollment fee for each rooster joining our Gentleman's Club. Families can choose to contribute more if desired.
Sexing chickens is not easy. There sex organs are internal and external sexing methods and vent sexing results with inaccuracies. With most pets, an accidental boy is a simple shrug of the shoulders and, “I love you anyways”. Chickens are the only pet that if you accidentally get a boy, it may be illegal to keep him. Thus, we established the Gentleman's club.
The poultry industry standard is to sell chickens as sexed pullets. Professional sexers do their best to sort quickly. The industry standard is for customers to accept sexing accuracy ranges between 85% - 90% for standard breeds (no credit, or returns are accepted). Bantams and harder to sex breeds are sold as straight run resulting in 50% roosters. If an accidental rooster occurs, families are stuck with upsetting their city neighbors, fines, and chicken permit being revoked unless they can find a home for their rooster.
Our family farm is completely different!
We offer female coverage to ensure not only are the chicks sexed with traditional methods, we offer free homes to any accidental rooster(s). Our fair pricing of female chicks helps families avoid the cost of accidental roosters and we issue store credit with healthy rooster return. For families that know they can't avoid getting attached to their chickens, we offer DNA sexing which is the only truly accurate sexing method. Click here to see what we have available now.
The industry standard lures families in to buy 'female' chicks at a ridiculously low cost. This is all thanks to their business structure of terminating the life of the day old sexed male baby chicks (mass suffocation or grinding day old male chicks alive)
terminating suffocate or grind sexed day old male chicks and sticking city families with mis-sexed roosters in which are illegal for the families to keep.
Nature produces 50% males and 50% females, so for every female chick a city family wants in their backyard, there is an equal amount of unwanted roosters. Even in rural areas where roosters are allowed, only 1 rooster per 8 hens is needed for breeding and flock protection.
While we cannot house every rooster that large hatcheries produce, we intake what we can afford to care for (through feed sales and donations) and provide Colorado families with a responsible source for female chicks to avoid this situation.
While the low price of a feed store or large hatchery chick might be tempting, your dollar is a valuable vote in how you want the world to be. For families that can only provide a home to a girl, consider what happens to each boy left behind.
Most of our loyal customers find their way to purchase chicks from us due to the hardship of needing to home a commercial rooster.
We take the humane raising of roosters into consideration when we price our female chicks. Even if a rooster's purpose in life is to provide nourishment and not to live life as a pet, there should be a difficult and emotional connection to the animal that offers its life.
For families lucky enough to add a rooster, please consider our Gentleman Club Roosters. They are the finest, friendliest gentleman. Most of these boys were held and loved on as family pets until discovering their manly voice. While they will have a great life on our farm, they would love their own flock of ladies.
If you agree with what we are trying to accomplish, any donations to help us expand our rooster habitat is deeply appreciated. Our current projects are building a raised garden bed of herbs for the boys and building more coops to house everyone for the winter. Material needs include: T-posts, chain link fence panels, coops, cinder-blocks, retraining wall blocks, started perennial organic herb plants, and picnic tables.