Rooster not crowing. Why?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wxdb23, Sep 1, 2014.

  1. wxdb23

    wxdb23 New Egg

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    I have a RIR rooster which is about 5 months old. Is it unusual for a rooster to go this long without crowing yet?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] If there is another dominant rooster in the flock, this may be keeping the cockerel from crowing. Apparently the presence of a dominant rooster may suppress testosterone levels in subordinates.
     
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    First, are you sure that it is a rooster?

    Some roosters start crowing early, while others don't crow for months. I've had some start at 6 weeks, while others have waited until about 4 months old. If you have other roosters, a submissive rooster usually doesn't crow much/at all be cause it is subordinate and doesn't want to arouse the dominant one.
     
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  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Yes, it is a little unusual for a rooster to not crow by this age. However, it is not unheard of. Do you have any other roosters? One thing that can prevent crowing for a long time is if a rooster is not dominant. If he isn't the dominant male, a rooster usually doesn't crow much, if at all.

    If you have no other male chickens, then your bird might just be a quiet rooster--lucky you! Either that, or it is actually a hen. [​IMG]
     
  5. wxdb23

    wxdb23 New Egg

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    Thanks everyone! I actually do have another rooster and he runs the show. I've never thought of the young one not crowing because he is not the dominant one, but it makes a lot of sense because the older rooster definitely shows his dominance!
     
  6. rochelle1021

    rochelle1021 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a welsummer that is 5 months old and have not heard a crow from him . Will he stay quiet ? He's the only male. But was introduced last in a flock of ten. Is it possible the hens have placed him on the lower rung of the pecking order?
     
  7. msbre

    msbre Just Hatched

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    Okay here is my 5 month old Americana. Everyone has told me she is a he and he did crow 3 times when he was little but ever since i put him outside with other chickens he has not crowed since
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