at what age do roo's start showing spur's etc. ????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by old geezer, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. old geezer

    old geezer Songster

    Sep 2, 2010
    cambridge , ny
    at what age do spurs start to show--crowing starts ,and the big boy strut begins???

  2. <3ChickenForever

    <3ChickenForever Fire Is Catching

    Feb 20, 2011
    Spurs: I'm gonna say... around 3-5 months? About.
    Crowing: 5-12 months about
    Strut: 3-6 months about.
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Spurs don't show till after about six to eight months old and don't really become much of anything until close to a year old.

    Crowing happens at any time. I just had a 4 DAY old cockerel crow in the brooder, but I also have a 19 week old Barred Rock male who has not crowed yet.

    Not sure what you call a "big boy strut" exactly, though, so can't answer that one.
  4. Kaceyx73

    Kaceyx73 Chirping

    Dec 14, 2010
    Individuals will vary, sometimes widely.

    If you look close, most young males will probably show little buttons or nubs where the spurs are beginning to grow by 3 months. All the cockerels I have had grew thick nubs that were around 1/2-3/4" long by the time they were 10mos, with sharp tips growing off of those. They won't likely be full blown spurs with sharp point until around a year. Again this varies quite a bit.

    I think crowing has plenty to do with the presence of other males showing them the way. I have heard stories of crowing in the brooder, but mine have started around 3-4 months. An adult cock leading the way every morning will inspire them earlier, while raising the first batch of biddies with no adults around would lead to him crowing later as the flock needs him to lead the way, no matter his inexperience.

    As for the wing dance and other courtship rituals, my old flock leader was courting the 1 month old biddies right off the bat, as I got him around 7 months to protect the little ones. I guess he had never been around females yet. IT quickly wore off until they came of age. The young rooster in training started showing off for the girls by 4 months, but it was mostly chasing them around and then in turn being chased off by the big roo. Again, it varies, but with courtship rituals I think it has a lot to do with being around females. Boys raised in a rooster pen may show later than those being in with girls.

    Nothing scientific, just my own observations.

  5. old geezer

    old geezer Songster

    Sep 2, 2010
    cambridge , ny
    thanks---i have a RIR delaware cross named button that may be the roo i wished for--at 6 to 8 weeks ??.[​IMG]..{ i have big trouble remembering things sometimes }button is acting ,and looking different from all the other chicks the girls have hatched from fertile eggs i got from a farmer friend---long legged like a road runner -- slightly bigger comb , long pointed tail that is bigger than the other crosses , sometimes just likes to run arround and play by himself flapping his wings and making a weird sound---at at times , he seems to strut rather than walk like the others-- and sure does like to be picked up , suggled and have his back and breast scratched.... didital camera someday ,soon i hope--have lots of chicken stuff to show...thanks again for the info...lou

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