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Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by intownfarmer, May 17, 2009.
Do they get old enough to crow, if they are roosters?
Not too often if you process them at around 10 weeks....
You might get a early bloomer but the fix for that is just to eat that one sooner.
They will mature eventually if they live that long and start crowing but my batch I process last fall at 12 weeks didn't have any that crowed that young.
This is my 4th year for cornish-cross and I have never had roo's crow. But I have had some chest butting going on. They are really funny to watch.
We had one try to crow this year, it sounded more like something out of a hourur movie then a crow. A few of the females even tried to cluck.
My sister had one crow last year. I helped her butcher them and early on his last morning alive the biggest rooster got to do his first real crow. He had been trying a couple of days before, but those sounded pretty feeble. I think they were around 12 to 13 weeks old. The biggest on had to have been 12 pounds dressed. He looked like a turkey roasting in the oven.
I've never heard one crow. Assuming that at 8 weeks was the oldest they should get or you chance having them go off their feet or lung problems.