General Chicken Questions

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Bantam_Girl32, May 25, 2008.

  1. Bantam_Girl32

    Bantam_Girl32 In the Brooder

    May 22, 2008
    I'm really new to raising chickens, and I just have a few general questions about my Bantams..

    When do chicks begin to get their first real feathers and their combs?

    When do roosters start to crow?

    Are bantam roosters alot quieter than full-sized ones (crowing)?

    When do I put the chickens outside?

    I would realy apreciate any help![​IMG]
  2. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    Quote:I am not sure about bantams but with the standards:

    they are fully feathered at around 8 weeks for most breeds and the combs it depends a lot on the breed also

    roos crow when roos want to, no set time to do it

    chickens outside when they are fully feathered and able to handle the temps for their age

    hopefully one the bantam owners will have more precise info for you.

    good luck
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Quote:Dunno about bantams specifically but for the several standard sized breeds I have at the moment -

    -combs started getting bigger (so you see them right away and don't have to squint) at about 1.5-2 wks

    -wing feathers started growing almost right away, body feathering started at around 10 days IIRC, and at 3.5 wks now they have feathers almost everywhere except a thin strip down the breast/tummy and on their heads and upper necks.

    -I had one obvious rooster crow at 20 days, but I think it is more typical for them to wait til a couple months of age.

    Hope this helps some,

  4. Bantam_Girl32

    Bantam_Girl32 In the Brooder

    May 22, 2008
    Yup! Thank you both.

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