Do Buff Brahmas Crow?

Lrpete

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I have a 6 month-old Buff Brahma cockerel that has been an “odd” chick. He has always appeared healthy and active, but seemed to take forever to grow and catch up to other chicks his age. He still doesn’t have his full adult feathers and still looks a bit “shaggy,” but his adult feathers look good as they come in. No, he doesn’t appear to have any health/skin problems, just seems slow to develop. I have 3 BB pullets that are 2-3 weeks older than him and their feathers are beautiful and sleek and have been that way for quite some time.

In addition, he should be crowing by now, but he doesn’t. Instead, he honks, almost like a goose. I’ve never had Buff Brahmas before and am wondering if this honking is normal or will it eventually grow into a crow?
 

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This little apprentice roo has a long way to go before he reaches full roo status. Brahmas, both sexes, are very slow to mature. Your patience will be rewarded, though. Brahmas are indeed the "royalty" of chickens. Or at least they think so.

Early attempts at crowing can be very comical and downright puzzling. He's practicing without a guidebook, so be patient with him. Try not to make fun of his clumsy attempts or you might hurt his feelings. Try to be supportive, even though he may sound more like a choking goose than anything resembling a chicken.

My Brahma roos all took over two years to reach their full size, and they didn't perfect their crowing until nine or ten months, and it wasn't until they were one year old that they discovered they were roosters.
 

Lrpete

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This little apprentice roo has a long way to go before he reaches full roo status. Brahmas, both sexes, are very slow to mature. Your patience will be rewarded, though. Brahmas are indeed the "royalty" of chickens. Or at least they think so.

Early attempts at crowing can be very comical and downright puzzling. He's practicing without a guidebook, so be patient with him. Try not to make fun of his clumsy attempts or you might hurt his feelings. Try to be supportive, even though he may sound more like a choking goose than anything resembling a chicken.

My Brahma roos all took over two years to reach their full size, and they didn't perfect their crowing until nine or ten months, and it wasn't until they were one year old that they discovered they were roosters.
Haha! Thank you for your lovely reply. It made me laugh. Did your Brahma Roos honk before they learned to crow? I have a year-old Buff Orpington, a 6-month old Bielefelder, and some 5 month old mixes that are just crowing up a storm and I keep looking at “Honk/Goose” and wondering when he’s going to learn. He’s such a sweet boy, but he’s slower maturing than his “sisters” although he’s certainly exceeded them in size! I will patiently wait for him to find his crow. 😂
 

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Haha! Thank you for your lovely reply. It made me laugh. Did your Brahma Roos honk before they learned to crow? I have a year-old Buff Orpington, a 6-month old Bielefelder, and some 5 month old mixes that are just crowing up a storm and I keep looking at “Honk/Goose” and wondering when he’s going to learn. He’s such a sweet boy, but he’s slower maturing than his “sisters” although he’s certainly exceeded them in size! I will patiently wait for him to find his crow. 😂
My chickens honked for a while! Not Brahmas though.
 

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My pullets all sound like ducks and geese when their voices begin to change between three and four months. "What is this quacking?", I say, "I didn't know I had any ducks".

My cockerels all sounded like they were trying to clear their throats or were practicing being refined gentleman saying, "A-hem!" But I'll never forget a precocious six-week old cockerel's first squeeky attempts at crowing. A very shrill "Eee-ee-ee-ee-oow!"

Honk is a very promising young lad. Buff Brahmas are some of the most gorgeous birds. It's unfortunate they're classified as an all purpose breed. Just don't tell Honk he's good to eat.
 

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