Too young to crow??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by breemilhoan, Apr 27, 2016.

  1. breemilhoan

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    I have 2 amberlinks that are 11.5 weeks old. This one shows signs of being a cockerel but has yet to crow. Is that normal? I hear plenty of clucking out of them but no crow. Also my neighbor has a cockerel and its a month if not more younger then mine and he is crowing like crazy.
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  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    What signs are you seeing that make you believe this bird is a cockerel? At 11.5 weeks I am seeing no signs of anything but pullet. As to the age of the first crow - that varies from one bird to the next (just as human children start reaching puberty at different ages) -- the first crow can come as early as in the first couple of weeks or as late as 6 or more months of age, depending on bird, flock dynamics, etc.
    As for when to expect eggs -- anywhere between 18-26 weeks, or longer. You are a ways off for now.
     
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  3. breemilhoan

    breemilhoan New Egg

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    Thanks for the info! This is my pullet. She has a pink comb and no signs of a wattle. The possible cockerel has a red comb and formation of wattle. "He" also has more prominent bumps for spurs. I'm just comparing the 2 and they seem total opposite, only thing that seems the same is tail feathers.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Amblerlinks are a hybrid cross, so there could be slightly different genetics behind the 2 birds even tho they are alleged 'hatch mates' bought at the same time.

    I agree both are pullets...cockerel would most likely have way more red color, and larger combs and wattles at 12 weeks.

    Tho pullet comb color can drive you nuts because it can go from pinky-yellow to pretty darn red between exertion/excitement and resting/calm.
     
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