When do roosters start to crow?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by shy, Apr 8, 2008.

  1. shy

    shy 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?
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  2. MRNpoultry

    MRNpoultry Songster

    Mar 2, 2008
    Gibsonville, NC
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  3. coloradochick

    coloradochick Songster

    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.
  4. wraith2626

    wraith2626 In the Brooder

    Jun 17, 2007
    Mine usually starts around 3:00 am for some strange reason. [​IMG]

    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. [​IMG]

    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".
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    No set time. I've had them crow as early as five DAYS old and as old as fifteen WEEKS old. Just depends.
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  6. Jamin Mayer

    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) [​IMG] 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. [​IMG]

    Has anyone ever seen/hear of such a thing?
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  7. BooBear

    BooBear 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. incubatingisfun

    incubatingisfun Songster

    Dec 15, 2009
    mine ussualy try around 2 months
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  9. hoping4better

    hoping4better Chirping

    Nov 22, 2010
    Middle Tennessee
    Today!! [​IMG]

    My Roo, just started today right around 8 weeks. I've heard as you've read already it depends . . . I haven't had one crow until just today and I've got four or five cockerels in my bunch.
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  10. cmitchell

    cmitchell Songster

    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??
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