When will my Cuckoo Maran Cockerel start crowing and when will my Cuckoo Maran hens start laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by carmstrong, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. carmstrong

    carmstrong Out Of The Brooder

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    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!!:)
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Roosters don't have a specific age at which they start crowing or get interested in the hens. I've had roosters crow the first time aged 3 months and 6 months and everything in-between! As for mating, I've seen a 2 month old roo chick try to mate with a hen. Very funny to see, but they only reach sexual maturity around 5-6 months of age, on average.
    Hens start to lay at around 20 weeks of age, some breeds a bit sooner, some breeds later. But the average is around 20 weeks.
     
  3. carmstrong

    carmstrong Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you, I will keep my eyes on them and keep my fingers crossed for some lovely dark eggs in the future!

    Thank you !!
     

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