When do roo's start crowing?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Evergreen160, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. Evergreen160

    Evergreen160 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 2, 2011
    Foothills of Colorado
    Hi all!

    I'm trying to decide if I should order sex'ed meat birds or straight run and had a thought - will the roo's start crowing before their processing date? I'm going to be raising slow growing broilers and plan to grow them out to 10 weeks or so. Not sure if my neighbors will be happy with 15 crowing roosters! Thanks.
  2. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 31, 2009
    Somerville, AL
    It depends. They say that cornish cross will be processed before they crow at 8 weeks. I'm not familiar with slow grow broilers. It can vary even in the same breed. It can start at 4 weeks in some.
    I have Jersey Giants and the roos just started crowing. They are 20 weeks old.

    I would talk to my neighbors and just be prepared to process earlier if need be.
  3. Life is Good!

    Life is Good! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2011
    suburbia Chicagoland
    We raised FR's last spring - they started crowing at 8wks, by 10 wks some were obnoxious. We processed the loudest (and ironically enough largest) - and NOT ONE crowed again for three days! But then, they all started up again.

    We raised basic CX last fall - they did not ever crow, and we had 14 cockerals out of 25 chicks. But, we had 7 Black Java cockerals at that point, so they did the majority of the 'talking'. Never did hear a CX crow though, processed them at 10-11wks too. And the 'extra' BJ cockerals too! So things got real quiet again real quick. Whew.

    Hope this helps.
  4. DenverBird

    DenverBird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 8, 2010
    West Denver Burbs
    I've raised FRs and McMurray's Red Rangers, at about 11 weeks we were getting a little warbling crowing, but not full on crowing. Then we sent them off to freezer camp...
  5. Kildare49

    Kildare49 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2012
    Central Wisconsin
    Mine must have set a record then. My last batch I had a CX crowing (weak) @ 5.5 weeks.
    All were cockerals(26), and only the one was crowing.

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