Rooster maturity?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by o-townchicken, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. o-townchicken

    o-townchicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, so, we have 13 chickens. We know for sure that one of our wyandottes is a male(it has a regular comb-not the strawberry kind) So, we think that one of our ri reds might be a rooster as well. no crowing and no cycle feathers yet. They are already 7 months old. Should we be able to tell by now? and, no one is crowing? I thought that would be happening by now. Any ideas??
     
  2. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2009
    Seattle
    Start of crowing is very individual. I had a little (black australorp) cockerel that was crowing loudly by 10 weeks old. Right now, I've got a almost 17 week old cockerel (orpington) hasn't crowed yet. If you have other roosters around, they can learn to crow earlier. But, really, it's very individual.

    Besides comb development, I usually can tell my males by their thicker legs/shanks/feet, more colorful feathers, their height, broad shoulders, pointy hackle feathers and back feathers, and draping saddle feathers. HTH.
     
  3. chickchicks

    chickchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hello

    i have a wyandotte at 9 weeks just started to crow yesterday for the first time .


    hope this helps [​IMG]
     
  4. BantamoftheOpera

    BantamoftheOpera Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Brahma cockerel is 20 weeks and he hasn't crowed yet! They can take their time.
     

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