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Can a rooster be neutered?


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October 24, 2009 8:02AM

Yes. It is an old practice seldom used anymore. A neutered rooster is called a capon. The actual practice is called caponizing. Caponizing a rooster just makes them grow fatter, be less aggressive and stops them mating with the hens. The idea was to keep the bird around and fresh for slaughter longer. Now, roosters are just fattened long enough to reach optimum weight for commercial use 2 ½ lbs to 5 lbs and this happens long before the cockerel is mature enough to mate or develop tough muscle tissue. Refrigeration and freezers have saved the roosters the pain and suffering of an often botched senseless operation.