Post by cocopuffcake on Sept 7, 2011 13:31:18 GMT 8
Hi I have a question about how common caponizing is? Are there any kits available, or do you need to order from overseas? I ask as we are investigating the viability of doing this with most of each season's new cockerels. I understand we'd need to learn the skill by practise, but since the cockerels would be heading for the block I think it would be better for them to live longer with less hormonal stress. I am open to debate in the subject, but I want to know the facts, as caponizng has been around since ancient Rome and I think it is a lost animal husbandry skill.
as far as i am aware there are two methods of caponizing, surgical and chemical. the surgical method is outdated in terms of animal cruelty, and the chemmical method i don'think is done in australia any more. it involved the implant of a hormone into the neck of the male bird which controlled his testerone levels and render his testicles useless.
HI Belle capons there were a couple of ways to do this the idea was to make the bird grow a lot quicker by putting a small pellet of hormones into the base of the head/neck of the chook and they grow verry fast the other way for cockerels was to make a small incision in the back by the neck legs and take out his breeding bits so all he did was to eat and grow the both are long gone in Australia but in the UK and EU they still do it and you can still purchase caponised birds I did this one Christmas with 50 birds in 8 weeks they were just on the 7,5 and 8 KGs bloody huge Trev
Holy smackers! Feeding the homeless for Christmas were we Trev? My husbands Nanna used to be a deft hand in raising gigantic turkeys for Christmas but as far as I know it was all in the "secret recipe" for her mash that did it. Thanks Trev, I have now learnt something new for today! And I'll keep an ear out for anyone who knows of a "humane" way of doing it.
love to get your nannas know how they now rear big birds by breading better stock I would love to see this I have got half way with them thus far and 2 to 2/12 KGS in the oven and that took 26 weeks but they had great flavour
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