My four month old orpington cockerel started crowing about a week ago. At first is was a few times in the morning, then a couple times a day, but starting yesterday he has been crowing almost non stop all day. I have read that this is somewhat due to being a teenager. So My first question is how long should I expect this to last? Will he calm down after a few weeks? If this is the case what is the best way to handle the noise in the meantime? I am wanting to keep him until his hatch-mate starts laying and I can collect a batch of fertile eggs (So done with shipped eggs!) Right now I have him locked in the coop. Its a converted shed of decent size with a large screened window. It gets lots of fresh air and sunlight. Would it be okay to keep him in there during most of the day until he fully matures? I know this wouldn't stop the crowing, but hopefully curb it and muffle it. Another questions is, is he old enough to successfully mate? I have two older laying hens (different color than his hatch-mate), but I have neither seen him mate them or do their eggs appear fertile. How much longer might it take him to mature? Thanks for any advise or suggestions!