In the Brooder
- May 25, 2011
Hi everyone. I am new to Backyard Chicken forum and to chicken raising for that matter. I have 14 chicks, ages 6 1/2 weeks to 8 weeks. I was hoping for all girls but one of my Americaunas grew quite large rapidly and started crowing 2 weeks ago. This morning as he was playing "alarm clock" I heard another sound interspersed between his crows. I raced into the room where they have their pen (the coop is almost finished--hooray!) and one of my Wyandottes was crowing also. They were alternating crows. This Wyandotte had grown much larger than the other chicks also, but she walks more like a hen and makes the typical "buck-buck" hen noise most of the time. I should also add that she is the only one (other than Abe, the rooster) that doesn't still peep. I can't figure out if she is just trying to sing along or if she is a he. Do roosters typically alternate their crowing? I have five Wyandottes. She is the only silver laced. The others are blue laced and golden laced and they are the four younger birds. But she is twice their size and they are nowhere close to the size she was a week and a half ago. Wynona the Wyandotte and Abe the Americauna both had quite reddened and pronounced combs and wattles at about 5 weeks. Thanks in advance.