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Baby chicks crowing

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dalenard, Mar 5, 2016.

  1. dalenard

    dalenard New Egg

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    This is my first batch of chicks, so any advice is greatly appreciated. My chick's are just over 2 weeks old and some of them appear to be crowing (no sound coming out though).

    Is this a sign that they are roosters, or is it too early to make that determination? I ordered all hens, but the hatchery threw in 3 extra chicks and I'm not allowed any roosters.
     
  2. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    Do your chicks have access to grit?
     
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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Are they stretching their necks out?
    Probably just adjusting their crops.....
    ...which is not a gender specific behavior.

    If you're feeding them anything but chick crumble or mash, they need chick sized grit.
     
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  4. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    My thoughts aart
     
  5. dalenard

    dalenard New Egg

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    They are stretching they are stretching their necks and are eating starter chick crumble and grit. So, far I've only had 2 of NY chicks look like they are trying to crow.
     
  6. pattyhen

    pattyhen Chicks Ducks oh my

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    I've never heard of a chick crowing that young before. My guess is it's trying to clear it's throat.
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    I've heard of chicks crowing that young...saw the videos too.

    They are adjusting their crops......you know about the crop?
    https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=chicken+crop+function
     

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