The poultry industry standard is to sell chickens as sexed females. While professional sexers do their best, unfortunately, external sexing is not always possible. If an accidental rooster occurs, families are stuck with fixing the problem. The industry standard is for customers to accept sexing is not 100% and no credit, or returns are accepted. This industry standard and terminating the life of the day old sexed roosters (suffocation or grinding) is why feed stores and hatcheries are able to offer “female” chicks at a low cost. Nature produces 50% males and 50% females, so for every female chick, there is the potential of an unwanted rooster. While we cannot house every rooster that large hatcheries produce, we are trying to do our part in helping Colorado families and roosters that find themselves in this situation.
Sexing chickens is not always easy. Not all external sexing methods work on various breeds and bloodlines.
Did you raise Henrietta and find out later he is crowing more like a Henry? We are currently offering homes for the right roosters in our "Gentleman's Club".
While it is okay to be COCKY and use FOWL language, roosters must be respectful of children. Aggressive roosters towards people are not eligible. To join, your rooster needs to be 100% healthy (no missing feathers, no mites, and never experienced any illness that required antibiotics to recover within his lifetime. Adults only (should be crowing and at least 3 months old).
A $10 membership fee is required for each Rooster accepted into the "Gentleman's Club". The $10 allows us to feed your rooster our organic sprouts the first 3 months of his stay. My hope is that families will start choosing to only purchase female chicks from sellers that accept roosters back to help eliminate this problem in the city. If you decide to purchase a pullet or hen replacement from us, we will waive the intake fee. We take the humane raising of roosters into consideration when we price our female chicks.
For families lucky enough to own 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.
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If you agree with what we are trying to accomplish, any donations to help us expand our rooster habitat is deeply appreciated.
With most pets, if you accidentally get a boy you shrug your shoulders and say, “I love you anyways”. Chickens are the only pet I know of that if you accidentally get a boy, it may be illegal to keep him. We established the Gentleman's club for families that live in the city and legally cannot have a rooster.
Our current projects are building a raised garden bed of herbs for the boys and building more coops to house everyone for the winter. If you have any spare T-posts, wildlife fencing, kennel panels, coops, cinder-blocks, retraining wall blocks, started perennial organic herb plants, and picnic tables (for families to sit on when visiting the roosters), we can put them to good use.