Pullets can crow!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chicka D Mama, Jun 25, 2016.

  1. Chicka D Mama

    Chicka D Mama Just Hatched

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    I have 17 pullets. A few are 11 weeks old and the rest are 10 weeks. They have definitely grown past the vocal "peep" stage, however, the sound I heard coming from two of my girls last week completely stunned me!
    I assure you, I am quite positive they are all female. None have spurs or the classic rooster comb on their forehead. But there was no mistaking the crisp sound of "cocka-doodle-doo" that morning, and every morning since!
    Is this something they will outgrow or will it disappear once I bring in a true rooster into the flock early next spring?
     
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  2. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    my roo didn't get spurs til he was roughly 6-8 months old. sometimes hens will crow if there isn't a roo
     
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  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    If you posted some photos it might help confirm you don't have any roosters. It's not normal for pullets to attempt a crow, they will try cackling and screeching. There are instances of hens acting like roosters but never that young, they are mostly over a year old.
     
  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    I think that you have one or more cockrels, not a rare event when buying pullets. Pictures? Mary
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I'm sorry, but I'm pretty sure you have cockerels. My guess is they're not straight combed breeds, and you're not seeing the signs of a rooster. Males this young don't have spurs yet, some roosters don't get them until a year or so. Basically, any bird that crows at this young age is a rooster.

    Pictures will tell the tale.
     
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  6. pipAchick

    pipAchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah leghorns pulled that with us too.
    Reading back,what breed are they?
     
  7. pipAchick

    pipAchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got rid of three egg layers that crowded every morning FOR months while I gathered eggs.
    They where all white leghorns.
    The last rooster would crow all NIGHT long. My neighborhood still cracks up About it.
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    We need proof - put it on youtube
     
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  9. pipAchick

    pipAchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Poor neighbor already thinks my polish are Tasmanian devils I'm leaving those nice people alone. They are not byc'ers. And leghorns are audios amigos![​IMG]
    Last white left&she's rooster bestest gf
     
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  10. Chicka D Mama

    Chicka D Mama Just Hatched

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    Good idea. Of course they were quiet this morning
     

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