What age do roosters start to crow

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dr1939, Oct 10, 2014.

  1. dr1939

    dr1939 Chirping

    Nov 5, 2012
    I have 3 chicks 9 weeks old , I was wondering how to tell if any are roosters and the only way I know is when they start to crow. Is there a certain age that they start to crow?
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Depending on the breed it can be between 5 weeks and 20 weeks.

    If the birds are all the same breed, cockerels will be a bit taller with thicker legs, bigger combs and wattles. If they're different breeds it makes it more difficult because some breeds of pullets have bigger combs than other breeds of cockerels.
    Eventually cockerels develop pointy hackle and wing feathers and curved tail feathers.
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2014
  3. mortie

    mortie Songster

    Feb 16, 2014
    The Frozen Tundra
    9 weeks you should be able to tell. Post some good close up pictures that show the whole body in particular the neck and saddle feathers and people can probably help you.

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