I got my rooster 08.01.10 as an approximately 8 week old chick. He spent a few weeks in my basement under quarantine. He eventually started crowing down there. When I put him out with the established and slightly older flock of girls he did get picked on a bit. Now probably about a third to half of the girls let him mate them, the others fight and peck him when he tries it and he slinks off. However, now that he's been outside (and it's been about 2 months) he hasn't crowed a peep. No, I'm not complaining (and it wouldn't bother me a bit if he did crow)... but I'm intrigued. Is he not crowing because one (or more) of my hens are dominant? I've heard that roos other than the alpha won't crow. Anyone have any thoughts?