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My roosters aren't crowing. Is that weird?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by tumnus, Apr 12, 2017.

  1. tumnus

    tumnus Chirping

    Jan 28, 2017
    Hiya! First time raising quail. My coturnix are now 11 weeks old. The egg laying has been hit or miss, which I chock up to weather and time of the year (it's been super rainy, super cloudy, and we just hit 13 hours of daylight a day now). I'm hoping that picks up soon. The females do show some signs of being mated with, like missing feathers on the back, and I saw one rooster jump on a hen for a moment, though that could have been nothing. But the roosters aren't crowing.

    I know, I see threads here sometimes that are like "how do I make this dumb bird shut up?" so maybe I should count my blessings, but is a lack of crowing a sign that mating probably isn't happening?
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2017

  2. KingOfTheCoop02

    KingOfTheCoop02 In the Brooder

    Feb 7, 2017
    Male quail don't crow. Only roosters, which are male chickens.
  3. Dani xxx

    Dani xxx Chirping

    Oct 23, 2016
    Farnham common bucks uk
    Yes they do my male only crowned when in mating season but over winter was silent ! X
  4. JaeG

    JaeG Free Ranging Premium Member

    Sep 29, 2014
    New Zealand
    When happy males tend to only crow to declare their territory. My boys will crow at dawn and dusk and it might only be once.
  5. AuQuail

    AuQuail In the Brooder

    Jan 2, 2017
    Mine hardly ever crow.. Its more like a high pitch thrill... You can sorts imitate it by putting your lips together and blow hard and make that thrill.. Like a beep beeeep thrill... Hmm hard to explain with words lol!

    I had to separate the roo from his lady friends due to some domestic violence in the cage.. And him being alone in the hospital cage.. Oh boy!! Did he crow all day... Starting from 5am!!

    I too it as.. "I want my ladies back!!!" and gonna annoy u tell u put me back with em......

    But other then that it's pretty quiet....

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  6. donut314

    donut314 In the Brooder

    Mar 25, 2016
    My boys don't "crow" during winter. When they do, it's if I'm late with their feeding and they want attention or when the males get separated and they are trying to find each other - that's a territorial thing. They once woke me up in the middle of the night crowing. I went to see them and I saw a possum on top of their cage trying to get in.

    What's your male to female ratio? Your female should have very little to none feather pulled out from the neck if the ratio is correct.
  7. tumnus

    tumnus Chirping

    Jan 28, 2017
    The ratio isn't what it should be. I have two separate flocks. One with a rooster and 3 hens. The other has a rooster and 2 hens. I've been keeping a close eye for any kind of violent behavior. I just stuck five eggs in the incubator to see if they're fertile and hopefully get some more hens into the mix.

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