When do roosters start to crow?


In the Brooder
Apr 1, 2008
Hi It has been such a long time since I have owned chickens. I was just a kid then. I finally got some chicks. I was hoping to just have pullets, but I did get some straight run. So there is definitely possibility that I got some roos. I am on a 2 acre lot and we can keep chickens as long as our neighbors are okay. I don't want to have to deal with that if I don't need to. So my question is, at what age will roos start crowing? It always seemed like it was right before they were full grown. But I keep seeing here and there posts of as early as 3 weeks. Is that really possible?


Dec 19, 2007
Brighton, CO
HI, My banty Mottled Cochin, Porcelain, Silver Sebright, and Millie all started crowing last week at around 6 weeks. It's pretty cute but I was hoping for not so many roos.


In the Brooder
Jun 17, 2007
Mine usually starts around 3:00 am for some strange reason.

Back to the question however - my experience has been whenever they feel the urge. My first rooster - a RIR began to crow (try to actually) at 8 weeks - and my latest mutt rooster (who we thought was a hen for 7 weeks and the girls of the flock daily flogged putting him in his place) who is now the best rooster I have ever had ( feeds the girls, brings them food in the nest box while laying....) did not crow until he was about 20 weeks old. Now he never stops.

I think the variables of the flock make-up (are other roosters that are more mature around or are setting the how-to example for the young roo's on crowing), individual rooster personality (drive to be dominate, show rooster traits), etc, all seem in my opinion to determine the "when".

Jamin Mayer

In the Brooder
Apr 18, 2010

I have some sort of Bantam roo that has been finally developing a spur for the past 2 weeks. It was born around April 1st. (No joke)
So, mine is somewhere of 40 weeks old and it never crows, nor does it have a large comb. It's so tiny of a chicken, that it is pretty much at the bottom of the pecking order. If it weren't for it's sporty(ness) it would prolly be dead. It can fly up to a 5' high pirch and out run the mean ladys any time.

Has anyone ever seen/hear of such a thing?


Chicken Cuddler
Oct 7, 2010
Conroe, Texas
Big Boy first crowed at 7 weeks old
Lester crowed at 9 weeks
Still have not heard any crows from the other 3 boys
All of them are 11 weeks old right now.


8 Years
Jun 9, 2010
Western Mt. Valley in Maine
I have about 5 or six roosters and some crow a lot, at odd hours..it's 1:30am and I can hear one of them now. And I have one that I have yet to see or hear crow. Do some roos just not crow? I know this guy is a roo..but he's not crowing even though most of the others are. He appears to be higher up on the pecking order than one of the crowing roos. Maybe he's just a guy with little or nothing to say??

Latest posts