At what age do cockerels mature and start crowing?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Delight30, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. Delight30

    Delight30 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have an EE cockerel about 12wks old. I know it is a boy because of the feathering and over look of this bird, but we have not had any crowing yet and I was wondering when he would start showing an interest in our girls. We have 5 girls that are 18wks and the other 5 are 12wks. [​IMG]

    This picture was taken at 10wks.
     
  2. Kassaundra

    Kassaundra Sonic screwdrivers are cool!

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    All boys mature at their own rate, some start crowing as baby chicks others not until 20ish weeks, some if there are other roos hardly ever crow at all. Yes when he is old enough he will be interested in the girls, and If he is the only roo he will crow in his time.
     
  3. Delight30

    Delight30 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks Kassaundra.... He is the only roo so far. I have 8 4wk old pullets, but who knows how many will be roo''s too!
     
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Whenever they want to. I have had a chick crow at 1 DAY old.
     
  5. thepouts

    thepouts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The youngest I've had a roo crow is 9 weeks
     
  6. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    The earliest I've ever had a cockerel crow was one in the brooder, at 3 weeks old. Most attempt it by 12 weeks, but some don't crow if there are other mature, crowing roosters in the flock.
     
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  7. Delight30

    Delight30 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you all for the information. He is my only boy, so far and since we are in a very rural area, I am excited to hear him crow. I am a city girl and I am really enjoying my chickens. Thanks again.
     
  8. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Here is the video:
     
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  9. KrazyChromatics

    KrazyChromatics Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the first peep he made i thought naw that wasnt a crow.. but the second time... its hard to ignore the rhythm and extended neck .... thats interesting... earliest i had was a 2 or 3 week old bantam....
     
  10. bumble bee

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    Thanks...mine is 4 1/2 months old and no crowing so I was just curious as when to expect it :)
     

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