How old need a rooster be to crow?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by christineavatar, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. christineavatar

    christineavatar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got a shipment of chicks in mid-October. I had ordered 20 hens and one rooster. Four of the chicks died in the first three weeks but all the rest stayed healthy. I had thought that one of the dead ones had been the rooster because (until this morning) there was no crowing. Four AM this morning a feeble (unpracticed) cock-a-doodle-do sounded. I was so amazed my first thought was that one of the older hens had 'butched up' and taken on the male role - plausible but not probable. Any one else have an opinion (or experience) about a rooster keeping quiet for four months?
     
  2. 4 months old is par for the course with many.

    It has been my experience to start hearing real crowing at 3 to 6 months old.
     
  3. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It depends on the roo, to be honest. I've had little guys crow as early as 5 weeks, and some roosters won't crow until as late as a year or more.
     
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    christineavatar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess all the rooters I've had in the past started crowing around 5 weeks. Thank you for the feedback.
     
  5. I couldn't help but laugh.

    Seems like if you want them quiet they want start crowing early. I feel for ya.

    I personally like the sound of a rooster. But not everybody in the neighborhood might.
     

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