This may be a silly question but...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Jossette6912, Apr 29, 2016.

  1. Jossette6912

    Jossette6912 In the Brooder

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    I'm a new chicken mom! I have 2 EE's & 2 RIR's that are all about 6-7 weeks old. I'm almost 100% sure that one of my EE's is a Roo. My question is this: if he's never heard another rooster crow will he know how? Is crowing an instinctual thing or learned behavior?
     
  2. bygracealone200

    bygracealone200 In the Brooder

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    There are no silly questions. I imagine that crowing is instinctual, but it takes a while for them to develop it. Their initial crowing sounds pretty hysterical.
     
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  3. greenfeathers

    greenfeathers Chirping

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    I have chicks I got day old living in my garage and they have learned how to crow. So they just know. Never been around other chickens.
     
  4. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

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    Are you saying your day old chicks CROW ??
     
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  5. greenfeathers

    greenfeathers Chirping

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    That would be impressive!

    No. They're about 8 weeks now but they are my only chickens and I got them at one day old.
     
  6. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

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    That would be impressive!

    No. They're about 8 weeks now but they are my only chickens and I got them at one day old.
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    Lol now that makes since!!
     
  7. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

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    Crowing is instinctive. Different cockerels develop at different times, different roosters crow different amounts, but crowing is instinctive.

    If you can post photos showing the head, especially comb and wattles, and show the general posture and body, especially the legs, we may be able to help you tell if you really do have a cockerel. Some EE's can be a challenge but at that age we may be able to make some good guesses.
     

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