How old does a chick start bawking?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by davekrista, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. davekrista

    davekrista Songster

    Jun 9, 2010
    Uxbridge, MA
    We had 3 chickens, born in March, that is what we're told from the guy we got it from off craigslist. We've had them probably a couple weeks now. They are EE's. We just got another 3 yesterday. We got them from someone that the feed store recommended to us. The lady is one of their customers and the chicks came from her own hen and rooster. She told us they were hatched the end of march, but the new ones are soooo much smaller than the ones we have that should be just about the same age. One of them, a RIR isn't even "bak bak bawking" yet. She makes almost like a chirping noise though. How old are chicks when they start to bak? Should she be bawking already? And should I be concerned that she isn't and is so small? I'm going to see my mom in the next couple days so I will borrow her digital camera and try to take pics.... Could it be just tha she is not as old as we're told?

    Sorry for all the questions, I'm still new to this and learning.
  2. rcentner

    rcentner Songster

    Sep 6, 2009
    Le Roy, NY
    The chicks I had last year (all different breeds) chirped until 5-6 months old. I remember, pickles, the biggest of all of them was the last to stop chirping. I missed that sound over the winter.
  3. alaskachick

    alaskachick Songster

    Jun 13, 2010
    Wasilla, Alaska
    I have 14 wk Delawares. They are now starting to Bak Bak. I can hear the mix of chirps and baks.
  4. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Songster

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
    The little one might be a "runt." I guess chickens don't really have runts, but i've had some that just developed really slowly - more than a month behind normal schedule. Once they catch up though - they're great!
  5. Dora'smom

    Dora'smom Songster

    Dec 14, 2009
    My oldest birds in the new flock are about 18 weeks and have been clucking for a week or two. I believe they are bawk-bawking as well. I guess that it is one of those things like laying eggs. . . they mature at different rates. The smaller one might be a little younger, or maybe started off smaller, and got pushed away from the feed by the bigger ones.
  6. davekrista

    davekrista Songster

    Jun 9, 2010
    Uxbridge, MA
    Thanks for the responses. Just glad to know that it is normal and not something possible wrong with her....
  7. I have about 24 that are almost 12 weeks old hatched middle of April.....some are ...some aren't.... [​IMG]
  8. fl_deb

    fl_deb Songster

    May 7, 2010
    I have 2 RIRs that are suppose to be same age and one has been bak bak for 5 weeks already with very deep voice and the other only about a week or so. And my EE is in transition where she bak baks only when upset and cheep cheep the rest of the time.

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