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Rooster farm question

Out here in the boondocks of northern California, it is not uncommon to see large yards with little rooster houses. Most are in pretty remote locations, but I know at least one that is visible from the interstate. They look like this: 

The roosters, you will notice, are tethered at the leg.

We recently had a cockfighting ring busted here in Glenn County. I had always wondered what those little rooster houses were for – roosters are otherwise pretty worthless – and recently wondered aloud if these rooster farms had anything to do with cockfighting. A longtime county resident of my acquaintance responded, saying yes, anytime you see a rooster farm with those little teepee houses, you can be sure the roosters are being raised for cockfighting. 

Can anyone else confirm this? It makes sense, except that some of these rooster farms are so easy to find it would seem they are just begging to be discovered by law enforcement. Perhaps there is some other reason for them?

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May 24, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

7 Comments »

  1. I suppose that (1) there is nothing illegal about a rooster farm per se and (2) they keep the farm a safe distance from where the [illegal] cockfighting is taking place.

    I’ve never seen one of these; I’d imagine they’re more common in rural areas with more Hispanics than we have in MI.

    A couple of weeks ago, we reintroduced a rooster to the flock after having kept him for several weeks in a chicken tractor with just hens. He and the other roosters fought like crazy and bloodied themselves up for a full day, re-establishing their pecking order. It was fascinating to watch, actually.

    I guess we’d only have gotten in trouble if we’d sold tickets.

    Comment by Chris | May 25, 2009 | Reply

  2. Is it possible that they are capons (castrated roosters)? There is a legitimate market among gourmets for capons.

    Comment by ben | May 26, 2009 | Reply

  3. I have had people stop by looking for roosters, as have friends of mine. And they get sold quite off at the small animal auctions in the area. While we haven’t sold any, I am told that you can sell them for more than a hen ready to start laying-only one purpose for that.

    I haven’t seen a rooster farm like the one pictured, but I am sure they exist around here too in some form.

    Comment by Jim | May 27, 2009 | Reply

  4. Well, and deliberately armed the roosters with artificial spurs on their legs, right? I mean there’s more to it than just ordinary fighting. Or so I’ve always thought.

    Comment by Lydia | May 27, 2009 | Reply

  5. I’ve never seen this before. I suppose it could be a capon farm but they’re probably being raised to sell to the cockfighting market.

    Comment by dymphna | June 6, 2009 | Reply

  6. there not just used for fighting they are also show birds iv got roosters and there are game they fight they dont just stop
    becease some peple say its wrong every one will fight

    Comment by travis | January 22, 2010 | Reply

  7. Roosters are also farmed for their plumage.

    Comment by J | April 26, 2011 | Reply


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