Cockerel

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chittyn, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. chittyn

    chittyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi,

    I went to a show and bought what i thought was 2 pure whit Sussex hens. however one turned out to be a cockerel! we purchased them in april an they were around 14 weeks old then. i was wondering when my cockerel will start to mate and crow

    Thanks
     
  2. LunarRayne

    LunarRayne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have several different breeds (but not the Sussex) that all started to crow around 3 months. The mating attempts started around then as well. So if yours are 14 weeks, I would guess soon.

    Wait, it was 14 weeks in April? Do you have any pictures?
     
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  3. chittyn

    chittyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    The Sussex I have had were the Spotted variety. They were somewhat slower maturing, 20-24 weeks. The rooster got huge and was extremely loud. A young rooster will ride a handful of hens to a featherless state. Typically, a rooster needs a dozen hens to keep himself occupied.
     
  5. chittyn

    chittyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    he is probably 6 months old he doesnt crow but the eggs i have been getting lately have a blood-spots in them. I only have 2 hens and a rooster now . What is your opinion ?/
     
  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Bloodspots don't mean the eggs are fertile.
     
  7. chittyn

    chittyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    but wt do u think about my cockerel
     
  8. chittyn

    chittyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    any help why isnt my cockerel crowing or mating he is over 6 months old ! and also my hen is not laying yet either
     

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