When do roosters start crowing?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by pringle, Sep 27, 2009.

  1. pringle

    pringle Songster

    Apr 16, 2009
    Im ordering from ideal today and I know there gonna include roos,but when do they start crowing?
  2. mullers3acers

    mullers3acers Songster

    Oct 9, 2007
    la porte, In
    They start crowing about 5-6 months old. When they begin to crow some of them sound like they have socks in their throat. It's quite funny to listen to. But when they get the full sound they crow when ever they want. But most of the time it's at daybreak and throughout the day. We had some recently and they were even crowing at 1-2 in the am.
  3. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    It varies. I've had some start as early as 8-9 weeks old. My JG roo didn't start crowing until he was about 5-6 months old. I've heard some on here that have had roos start near or even before 6 weeks.
  4. pringle

    pringle Songster

    Apr 16, 2009
    Oh wow thanks guys!Im only ordering some chickens from IDEAL poulty so there gonna add free males for warmth.If they start crowing at 5-6 months ill butcher them.I think it will be a decent sized bird right?
  5. EatonsatCantas

    EatonsatCantas In the Brooder

    Ours just started crowing and they are slightly less than 3 months. Funny to hear them....a pale comparison to their dad! They will go into the freezer within the month sadly....
  6. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    Quote:We butchered ours between 16 and 24 weeks. The 16 week olds were the ones that started crowing at 8-9 weeks, wouldn't shut up and were MEAN! They were tasty (though a little small). [​IMG] (maybe meanness is a good chicken spice [​IMG] ) Most our excess roos were around 18-22 weeks though. The two 24 weeks olds were big! One was suppose to be our top roo, but he was a little too aggressive with the girls (one was tore open by his toenails...and he didn't even have spurs yet [​IMG] ). The other one was just a wimpy roo and we didn't need an extra roo to feed that wouldn't protect our girls. [​IMG] He was a sweetheart though. [​IMG]
  7. HBuehler

    HBuehler Songster

    Jun 30, 2009
    Lebanon TN
    My Leghorns, Andalusians and Minorca's are all crowing by 8 weeks and have it mastered within a day from non stop practice [​IMG] then I have a JG that is about 9 months that has never crowed another JG is nearly 5 months and crowing.My Delaware who is about 6 months also doesn't crow but my jr.Delaware is 3 months and thinking about it...
    So each is different there is no magic number
  8. RonB

    RonB Songster

    Aug 4, 2009
    My barred rock crowed yesterday for the first time. twice at 11:00am and twice at 5:00pm he sounded like an old pro. he is 18 wks
  9. rocmoc

    rocmoc In the Brooder

    Mar 21, 2009
    Tucson, AZ
    I had a little 7 week old EE crow today. Wasn't very loud but it was a crow.

    rocmoc n AZ
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Hate to tell you, but I've had several crow before their first WEEK birthday! It varies. Mine have started at 5 DAYS old or as late as 18 weeks old.

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