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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Tenneesse, Dec 31, 2010.
Do Roosters Molt?
Quote:Yes, and it's not the dumbest question of 2010-----the dumbest question of 2010 is the one not asked.
the one not asked is the dumbest!
Some only molt about every 3 years, like my Red Shouldered Yokohamas
Wow, what a beautiful bird!!
birdaholic, I'm gonna start counting how many threads you post that same pic of your rooster in He's pretty, but at least post some different pics
Nope, not a dumb question though. And yes, they do molt.
I know you said the only dumb question is the one not asked...but what about this one? I have 2 chickens...got them when they were a day old. Recently, we learned that one is a rooster. Because the other one was quiet and pleasant, we figured we had a hen as well. Turns out the past 3 or so days, the "hen" has been starting to crow like the rooster. Is it because "she" hears the rooster crowing, and is mimicking, or could this be a rooster as well? This is my first experience with chickens at all and when we got them, the guy said it was impossible to sex them so young. You have to wait until they are so many weeks old. Someone on another post, said that in a group of hens, one might start crowing to prove to be the dominant hen...that's not the case in this situation.
What do you think? Do I have two roosters? If so, anyone in NJ want them? They really are sweet, but I really got the chickens for eggs, I don't want to breed or anything like that.
Sounds like you have multiple roosters. An experienced person can sex a chick just by look at it by about 4 weeks old, sometimes even younger depending on breed and color. But all in all, roosters mature at different rates. Some will crow later than others.
Young pullets/hens do not crow, although it is true that some hens may crow to be dominant when there is no rooster around, but that takes sheer luck to have such a bird and also takes time for the bird to come to that point.