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Silkie roos age of maturity

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by EvaDianne, Sep 29, 2015.

  1. EvaDianne

    EvaDianne New Egg

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    Hello,
    I was wondering at what age to roosters (specifically silkies) reach maturity/fertile and at what age do they begin to cockadoodledo? I live in an area where I can have hens but not roosters. I've had hens for many years now and have hatched out dozens of chicks but I want to start breeding Silkies. Just wondering if maybe theres a month or so gap where a cockerel is fertile but doesn't crow. Other wise the boys with have to stay at a relatives farm I suppose!


    (I don't know if this would be the right place to ask my question but this is the best I found)

    Any help is much appreciated!
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Roosters start to cow from 4-20 weeks. People usually say about 10-20, but I've had rooster crow at about 3-4 weeks.
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Silkies are extremely difficult to sex before 4-5 mos. of age and sometimes not till they crow or lay an egg.
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I would imagine the rooster will be crowing before the hen is ready to lay. Are you sure you have a male and female? Any photos for us to look over?
     
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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  6. Rhodebar Lover

    Rhodebar Lover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Silkie cockerels are often very slow to mature and can take up too a year to crow. :)
     

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