Should my 7 week old Rooster be trying to mate?

mmccoy

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 2, 2014
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Red Oak Texas


Christian is the one on the right. He was caught jumping on the back of one of my 8 week old chicks last night.

I keep trying to deny he is a rooster but with the crowing and now this I guess I've come to accept that Charity is now Christian and I have a rooster to re-home.

Is this normal behavior at this young age? First time chicken owner. Thanks for any and all replies.
 

Judy

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Haha, I don't know that there IS a "normal" for them! If there is, crowing or trying to crow before 8 weeks isn't normal, either -- but it certainly does happen. I've read of their doing it at 2 weeks, even.

I'm no expert at guessing sex, but I do see a redder comb and a sort of "stretched out" stance (or longer neck) in Christian that I've seen in my own male chicks.
 

iwiw60

Crowing
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Jan 27, 2014
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Christian is the one on the right. He was caught jumping on the back of one of my 8 week old chicks last night.

I keep trying to deny he is a rooster but with the crowing and now this I guess I've come to accept that Charity is now Christian and I have a rooster to re-home.

Is this normal behavior at this young age? First time chicken owner. Thanks for any and all replies.
Oh, he's a ROO alright!
 

keesmom

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Jul 28, 2008
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The one on the right is a cockerel. I'd also keep an eye on the one on the left too.
 

mmccoy

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 2, 2014
33
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Red Oak Texas
Yep, the one on the left let out a crow 2 days ago. After they did a little dance all fluffed up today I am convinced I picked the 2 roosters out of 100 that were suppose to be 98% pullets.







 
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