Rooster not crowing. Why?

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

  1. wxdb23

    wxdb23 Hatching

    Aug 4, 2014
    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

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​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 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    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.
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2014
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​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 Hatching

    Aug 4, 2014
    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 Chirping

    Aug 3, 2013
    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 In the Brooder

    Sep 19, 2016
    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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