Originally Posted by LuckysMum
My 8 week old aussie started to crow today. I didn't think they started for a long time. I let all the chooks free range today and Lucky (15wks) pecked at the little roo and it stood its ground and flew up at her with his neck feathers all out. Very impressive.
This is the fifth time I'm typing this response. Between iPads going flat and phones jamming. Hopefully I'll remember everything I was going to say.
Eight weeks is young and it does happen. I had a Barney pullet lay at 13 weeks once. (She's the one that crows now)
I believe it is more likely to happen when they are on feed that contains hormones. I was horrified recently when I was told that provided the levels aren't over a specific level hormones don't have to be declared on the packaging.
I was alerted to this recently when I had too many eggs and gave a couple to a friend. She returned them as chicks twice the size of mine and acting older. Bumping chests at a few weeks.
These chicks are the same gender and have the same parents, hatched the same day. The only difference was the feed.
When I made enquiries at the produce I learned about the difference in the feed we were providing.
She had been using it for a long time and had roosters crowing early and having to be dealt with before they were grown. She changed to another premium feed and hasn't had the "problem" since.
Interestingly, after a couple of months on my feed the ones I hatched were noticeably heavier than the fostered ones.
I'm not saying there's anything wrong with it, but you might want to look at the feed you're using.