Roos, crowing or there lack of...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Caat, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. Caat

    Caat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 7 (I think) Roos, 3 of them crow 1 is the dominant Roo he crows and I've caught 2 others crow, the others don't. if there's one dominant roo does that mean that the others won't crow? Also, their combs aren't very developped like the roos that crow, they are all the same age give or take a few days. I should go take pics but anyway, the short of it is do roosters crow no matter what?
     
  2. M.sue

    M.sue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Roosters crow when ever they feel like it. Mine started at about 7 wks. Maybe the others you have are pullets?
     
  3. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

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    I hatched out four roosters in my white leghorn clutch. I never heard one of them crow until the day I put them in the crate for my friend to take them home. The other three I had heard crow off and on. One guy was the leader and he crowed all the day. Whenever he wanted something he'd crow. The other frequent crowed was always trying to be the leader. The third one hardly crowed. Yes I think the leader is mOst vocal with the quIetest one being least dominate.

    Also if their combs are smaller they might be pullets. I thought only roosters had combs and wattles before getting on BYC.
     
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2011
  4. Warrprincess688

    Warrprincess688 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The dominant cock will crow the most and some others will. Then the lowly males, lowest of the flock generally stay pretty quiet unless they feel they can become dominant or there are no males around to beat them up. I had a silver polish that didn't crow for 8 months. He was the one to get picked on the most and when he got sick one time i took him in the house and that was the first time i heard him crow.
     
  5. Caat

    Caat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks everyone. I'm pretty sure I have at least 5 if not more roosters... They'll become dinner after I get back from vacation. I know it sounds mean but they are dual purpose birds and I don't need that many roos and I need to make room for EEs... in the spring [​IMG]
     

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