Do pullets ever crow?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by sandi, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. sandi

    sandi Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, am am a new backyard chicken owner. I have 3 chicks that are about seven weeks old. One is a Red Ameraucana (or EE). Yesterday, and today (s)he did a really impressive cock-a-doodle-do when I took her out of the pen. She even stretched up and looked just like a cartoon rooster.

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    She (or he??) is the one in the foreground. Sadly, she is also the largest, which I guess might indicate a cockerel. Do pullets ever crow? Could she still turn out to be a girl?

    thanks for your information!
    --Sandi
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    She's probably a he. Hens can crow after they reach maturity and if there is no male around. They can take the roo role and start to crow. However, at 8 weeks old, being what looks like an EE, sounds like you got a roo.
     
  3. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry, but that's a cockerel.
     
  4. MaransGuy

    MaransGuy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, definitely a rooster.
     
  5. sandi

    sandi Out Of The Brooder

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    Sigh, that is so sad. Thanks for the help!
     
  6. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:YES they can!

    Our 6 week old Silver Lakenvelder, Martha, crowed once.

    Our Brown Leghorn cockerel and then our Golden Campine cockerel started crowing on the roost one day.

    Martha flew up and joined them. I was in the hen house at the time and witnessed it. I turned to Martha and said (in my most stern voice) "and THAT will be enough from you, young lady!"

    And she never did it again. [​IMG]


    Martha was also the first in our flock to start laying.. [​IMG]
     
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  7. sandi

    sandi Out Of The Brooder

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    Well I guess I will wait a few weeks & try thinking girlish thoughts.
     
  8. MaransGuy

    MaransGuy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck on the thoughts but my opinion of it being a rooster has nothing to do with the crowing at all. You can tell by the feathering and comb size/color.

    Richard
     
  9. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I agree with Richard, the appearance of the bird says cockerel.

    Jody
     
  10. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    Looks cockeral to me!

    Yes there has been cases of hens crowing...I had one LOL! In this case, nope, definately roo!
     

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