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When do roosters start to crow?

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Hi It has been such a long time since I have owned chickens.  I was just a kid then.  I finally got some chicks.     I was hoping to just have pullets, but I did get some straight run.  So there is definitely possibility that I got some roos. I am on a 2 acre lot and we can keep chickens as long as our neighbors are okay.  I don't want to have to deal with that if I don't need to.  So my question is, at what age will roos start crowing?  It always seemed like it was right before they were full grown. But I keep seeing here and there posts of as early as 3 weeks.  Is that really possible?

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My rooster was crowing when he was about 1 month old here is a link to my thread - http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=42172

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HI, My banty Mottled Cochin, Porcelain, Silver Sebright, and Millie all started crowing last week at around 6 weeks.  It's pretty cute but I was hoping for not so many roos.

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Mine usually starts around 3:00 am for some strange reason.  lol


Back to the question however - my experience has been whenever they feel the urge.  My first rooster - a RIR began to crow (try to actually) at 8 weeks - and my latest mutt rooster (who we thought was a hen for 7 weeks and the girls of the flock daily flogged putting him in his place) who is now the best rooster I have ever had ( feeds the girls, brings them food in the nest box while laying....) did not crow until he was about 20 weeks old.  Now he never stops.  roll

I think the variables of the flock make-up (are other roosters that are more mature around or are setting the how-to example for the young roo's on crowing), individual rooster personality (drive to be dominate, show rooster traits), etc, all seem in my opinion to determine the "when".

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No set time. I've had them crow as early as five DAYS old and as old as fifteen WEEKS old. Just depends.

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post #6 of 38

Bump.

I have some sort of Bantam roo that has been finally developing a spur for the past 2 weeks.  It was born around April 1st.  (No joke) wink  So, mine is somewhere of 40 weeks old and it never crows, nor does it have a large comb.  It's so tiny of a chicken, that it is pretty much at the bottom of the pecking order.  If it weren't for it's sporty(ness) it would prolly be dead.  It can fly up to a 5' high pirch and out run the mean ladys any time. lol 

Has anyone ever seen/hear of such a thing?

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Big Boy first crowed at 7 weeks old
Lester crowed at 9 weeks
Still have not heard any crows from the other 3 boys
All of them are 11 weeks old right now.

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post #8 of 38

mine ussualy try around 2 months

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post #9 of 38

Today!! lol

My Roo, just started today right around 8 weeks. I've heard as you've read already it depends . . . I haven't had one crow until just today and I've got four or five cockerels in my bunch.

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I have about 5 or six roosters and some crow a lot, at odd hours..it's 1:30am and I can hear one of them now. And I have one that I have yet to see or hear crow. Do some roos just not crow? I know this guy is a roo..but he's not crowing even though most of the others are. He appears to be higher up on the pecking order than one of the crowing roos. Maybe he's just a guy with little or nothing to say??

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