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Silkies roosters

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Hello,

I was wondering at what age to roosters (specifically silkies) reach maturity/fertile and at what age do they begin to cockadoodledo?  I live in an area where I can have hens but not roosters.  I've had hens for many years now and have hatched out dozens of chicks but I want to start breeding Silkies.  Just wondering if maybe theres a month or so gap where a cockerel is fertile but doesn't crow.  Other wise the boys with have to stay at a relatives farm I suppose!

 

 

(I don't know if this would be the right place to ask my question but this is the best I found)

 

Any help is much appreciated!

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Cockerels begin to crow and mate at around 4 to 6 months of age, with bantams and light standards beginning closer to 4 and medium or heavy standards nearer 6. But a cockerel that young will have poor fertility and still be very clumsy when mating, so hatchability of young cockerel eggs is often lower than those of older cockerels and cocks.

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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