Chemical caponising is illegal in the UK
QWhat is a capon and can you get them in the UK? I need to sort out the cockerels that I have bred.
AVictoria says: Creating a capon involved neutering a male chicken to make the meat more tender before the dedicated and fast-growing broiler was developed in the 1930s to the 1950s. Chemical caponising has been illegal in the UK for many years due to the chemical remaining in the bird, so please do not look at poultry forums abroad where they still caponise chickens and think that you can do the same in the UK.
You can eat your own cockerels any time you want, as long as they are large enough for the purpose. If you are worried about them crowing, there is nothing legal that can be done about this.
If young cockerels are kept dark for at least 12 hours daily it can delay their noise, but they will eventually crow. The reproductive implant which helps ex-bats to stop laying does not work in cockerels and why eat compounds which are basically unnecessary in any case?
Have a plan in place if you are breeding chickens in order to deal with the inevitable 50% of males that appear. Smallholding is all about knowing where your food has come from and how it has been reared.
It is important to have a plan in place if you are breeding chickens in order to deal with the inevitable 50% of males