Ordering From Meyer Hatchery:
Accidentally Received A Rooster

by Lauren R

Published September 20, 2023

Did you accidentally receive a rooster? Here’s what to do next. It can be quite a surprise when you discover that one of your supposed hens is actually a rooster. While Meyer Hatchery offers a 100% Gender Accuracy Policy and will refund you for the cost of the chick, you may be wondering what to do with the unexpected rooster. In this blog post, we’ll discuss several options to help you decide on the best course of action for your unplanned rooster.

1. Contact Meyer Hatchery

If you’ve accidentally received a rooster from Meyer Hatchery, reach out to our customer service team by email at info@meyerhatchery.com to inform them of the mistake. Be sure to attach photos when the bird(s) is between 14 and 22 weeks old that clearly show the hackle, saddle, and tail feathers of the bird(s) in question. Once customer service has confirmed the bird is indeed a rooster, you will receive a refund for the cost of the chick per the 100% Gender Accuracy Policy.


2. Check Local Regulations

Before deciding on a course of action that works best for you, make sure to check your local regulations regarding roosters. Some urban or suburban areas have strict rules against keeping roosters due to noise concerns. If you’re allowed to keep roosters in your area, you may choose to integrate him into your flock.

3. Rehome Your Rooster

If you cannot or do not wish to keep your rooster, there are several avenues for finding him a new home:

  • Local University Extension Office: Contact your local extension office, as they often have connections with local farmers, 4-H clubs, and even other poultry enthusiasts who may be interested in adopting your rooster.
  • Social Media: Utilize social media platforms, such as Facebook groups or community pages, to post about your rooster and see if anyone in your area is looking to add a rooster to their flock.
  • Poultry Forums and Websites: Post on poultry forums or websites, like Backyard Chickens, to connect with other poultry keepers who may be interested in rehoming your rooster.
  • Animal Shelters and Rescues: Reach out to local animal shelters or rescues specializing in farm animals to inquire if they can take in your rooster or help you find a suitable home.
Golden Laced Wyandotte Rooster Meyer Hatchery

4. Culling Your Rooster

While it may not be the most desirable option, culling your rooster is another possibility to consider, especially if you’re unable to rehome him or if regulations prohibit you from keeping him. If you choose this route, make sure to research humane methods of culling and follow all applicable laws and guidelines.

5. Preventing Future Surprises

To avoid accidentally receiving a rooster in the future, ensure that you order sexed female chicks from a reputable hatchery like Meyer Hatchery  If you see the tern, “Straight Run,” often times abbreviated SR, this means the chicks you order will be unsexed and can be either gender or a mix of both genders.  While no sexing method is always perfect, purchasing sexed chicks will significantly reduce the chances of ending up with an unexpected rooster.

In conclusion, discovering an accidental rooster in your flock can be an unexpected and potentially challenging situation. However, by exploring various options such as rehoming, contacting local resources, or even culling, you can find a solution that works best for you, your flock’s needs, and your unplanned rooster. Remember to always check local regulations and consult with experienced poultry keepers when making decisions about your flock.

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