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post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by Noahettes Mom View Post

If SHE is a HE, then why wouldn't he crow by now?? Isn't that strange? Would this be why they are not laying eggs?

Are you asking if they may not be laying because he doesn't crow yet? I don't think that would have anything to do with it. Are they all BO's? They can take longer than other chickens. I have all BO's too. Two finally started laying at 28 weeks, the other three have not started yet. They all are coming up on 31 weeks.

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Yup that's definitely a rooster!
post #12 of 17

That is a rooster, 100%. Not sure why he's not crowing, he sure looks mature enough to crow and mate hens. He has no impact on your girls laying or not, though. If you can, post some pics of your girls.

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Rachel BB

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post #13 of 17

That would be a roo for sure. A very pretty one at that. This is why I love Buff Orpingtons!!

post #14 of 17
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Okay, so she is a HE.... but being that he is over 34 weeks... isn't that a little late to crow for the first time?? We have neighbors across the street that have a rooster that crows all the time... strange...it was warm today, but has been getting colder as we are in KY. The hens aren't laying much at all!! (10 of them) Wondered why he was such a big hen!!! lol They were supposed to be hens, whatever that term is when they do something to be sure that they are hens...

post #15 of 17

Some roos crow at two weeks and others seldom or never do. Many city folk, including me, would LOVE a roo that didn't crow!

 

You have ten chickens, sexing baby chicks is about 90% accurate. Your hens are preety and he's a very nice looking roo. 

post #16 of 17

And I have heard of some hens who crow.  Can't recall the breed, but it isn't terribly uncommon.

post #17 of 17
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Sadly, Cluckles died when we moved offgrid in June last year. My daughter left him in a bad spot and the heat got to him and one of our chickens. We were left with 24 hens and his only offspring, half buff and half black astrolorpe. His offspring was hatched with the biggest feet I have seen in a chicken. I immediately said, he must be a rooster too. His name is Jr, and was raised by hand so that he thought he was a human! Lol. Jr is now almost 11 months. Like his father he hasn't crowed yet, neither has he done his roosterly job. Lol. Here is a pic, do you think he is a rooster like I have thought since the day he hatched?
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