What's the expected timeline?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chicky85254, Nov 7, 2008.

  1. Chicky85254

    Chicky85254 Songster

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    I have 7 Banty chicks, which are almost 9 weeks old now. We recently heard one of them attempt crowing, so I'm pretty sure we have a rooster in our midst! Is this a usual age for them to start crowing?

    They are living in a 10x12 converted brick horse stall, with an automatic door, and a 12x12 outdoor pen. Is this big enough for awhile? When should I expect the rooster to try doing the deed, etc? At what age will girls start laying?

    I have 2 silkies, 2 that I think are barred rocks, and 3 e-e's. I believe the rooster is a e-e. All are Bantams.
     

  2. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    My bantam cochin roo started crowing at 9 weeks, too.
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Even a standard chicken will do okay with 4 sq. foot per bird of living space inside and 8 sq. foot of run. Based on the dimensions you listed you have 120 sq. foot of indoor living space and 144 sq. foot of outdoor run; so that's plenty. More is always better than too little.
    I've read of baby roos crowing as early as 2 weeks or as late as a year old. Your rooster is likely to want to practice mating before your hens are ready. Until your hens are ready you can expect it to be a little chaotic, with him trying clumsily and the hens screaming like there's no tomorrow. It gets easier on both sexes as they mature.
    Six months is a very loose rule of thumb for hens to start laying. Some will be way earlier, some much later. Basically they'll start when their bodies are ready.
     

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