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Silkie roos age of maturity

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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!

 

 

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Any help is much appreciated!

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Roosters start to cow from 4-20 weeks. People usually say about 10-20, but I've had rooster crow at about 3-4 weeks.

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Silkies are extremely difficult to sex before  4-5 mos. of age and sometimes not till they crow or lay an egg. 

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I would imagine the rooster will be crowing before the hen is ready to lay.  Are you sure you have a male and female? Any photos for us to look over?

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Roosters start to cow from 4-20 weeks. People usually say about 10-20, but I've had rooster crow at about 3-4 weeks.

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Breeder of Dutch bantams, Wyandotte bantams, and a few exhibition rabbits.

Feel free to ask me questions about chicken and rabbit care, breeds, and showing! I'm always happy to help!

 

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And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts."

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Silkie cockerels are often very slow to mature and can take up too a year to crow. smile.png
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1 Marans cross, 2 Silkie crosses, 3 Australorps, 3 Easter Eggers, 4 Rhodebars, 1 Golden Cuckoo Marans, 1 Gold Laced Brahma, 1 Cream Legbar, 1 English Orpington bantam, 2 Barred Plymouth Rock bantams, 2 Silver Pencilled Plymouth Rocks, 5 White Crested Black Polish, and 4 heritage Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds. I also can't forget our two mixed breed cats, Figaro and J.J. and our American Golden...
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