Hi, I am new here and so if this is in the wrong place I am sorry and please redirect me! I have had chickens for the majority of my life but the summer just gone I really got into chickens. I bought an incubator, brooder etc. I managed to hatch 4 out of 6 cuckoo maran eggs. They are now 13 weeks old and are living happy with the main flock. They are in with 3 other hens and some bantams. My questions is when will my cockerel start crowing? Does he have to assert his authority over the other flock first? and do I need to do anything to encourage him to mate with the hens? My last question is when will my hens start to lay? I know there can be no definitive answers but if anyone has any ideas that would be great. Thank you in advance for any advice you might have! Thank you!!