What to do with a rooster


Finding a new home for a rooster is hard because of their tendency to fight with other roosters, thus requiring separate living arrangements. That’s why we rarely have room to take in roosters — we’ve already got multiple pens with their own territorial rooster.

The best options are on this web page for a sanctuary in Nevada City: http://animalplace.org/rescue-ranch-placement-assistance/ 

It gives some options you can do, as well as has a form for inclusion in their weekly placement emails where they contact vetted individuals and sanctuaries (like us) to see if they have room.

A similar placement-assistance option is here: https://www.farmsanctuary.org/the-sanctuaries/home-adoption-and-placement/placement-assistance/ 

When getting chickens in the future, you can always adopt from the two places above and then you’ll be sure of only getting hens because the chickens will already be at least a year old and you’ll still get eggs for years to come.

One option if you want to try to keep the rooster is to bring him in at night and put him in a dark room or in a bird cage with a covering over it. When you get up, you can then put him outside with his hens and he won’t be crowing while the neighbors are still asleep. If you have a shed, you can put him in there at night and his crowing will be much quieter.

Caption: The photo shows three roosters who were abandoned and rescued by Nevada Humane Society after the person who owned them realized they were roosters. We took them in at CockadoodleMoo. From left, they are Buster, Fritz and Miyagi.