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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!

 

 

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

Nature's first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.

Her early leaf's a flower

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So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day.

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Silkie cockerels are often very slow to mature and can take up too a year to crow. smile.png
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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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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