When will they crow?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Ohiostatfan, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. Ohiostatfan

    Ohiostatfan In the Brooder

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    I am a freak...LOL I can't wait for my little roos to start crowing! About how old are they typically when they start to crow?

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  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I've read of different ages for the rooster's first crow; anywhere from 2 weeks to 16 weeks. I think my one roo was about 9 - 10 weeks old when he first crowed. My other roo still hasn't crowed and they're 12 weeks old today. I, like you, adore my rooster's crow.
     
  3. jessica117

    jessica117 Songster

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    Too early... hehehe [​IMG] It depends on the breed and the particular roo but the average seems to be about 5 months (about the time you start getting eggs.)

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  4. Ohiostatfan

    Ohiostatfan In the Brooder

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    Mine are about 9 weeks now...LOL must be late bloomers [​IMG]
     
  5. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    I have experienced roos crowing much much younger than I originally thought. The thing is you must be close to them and watch very carefully. Sometimes it is a little trill or a whistle. I have also experienced 2 of my hens crow, one as a young baby (1 month), so I do believe it happens more frequently than one thinks. It is just sometimes hard to catch but if you do hear the littlest of little crows it is o so adorable.

    The earliest was the Seramas who started croowing at 2 weeks. In the morning 5 boys,,,, trill trilll whir whir wwizz [​IMG]
     
  6. Foghorn Rock

    Foghorn Rock In the Brooder

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    my white leghorns started at 8 weeks.sounds kinda funny,like a teenager with a changing voice.I wonder if it matters how many roos there are.I have 9 together.
     
  7. basicliving

    basicliving Keepin' the sunny side up

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    I posted a video of my 6 week old cockerel crowing - and a few people said they've had them start crowing at 4 DAYS old! Most said theirs didn't crow until 5 months old or so.

    I agree with tiki244 that you need to watch them carefully if you want to catch the first crow. My 6 week old that crowed had been "practicing" for about a week and a half. He would stretch his neck and mouth the cocka-doodle-do, but not a sound would come out. So we watched him all the time and finally he mouthed it one morning, and immediately followed it with a bona-fide crow - such as it was [​IMG] He definitely needs to work on it. It's rather crackly and scratchy and he can only get out the cocka-doodle part of it. But it IS loud! I have another cockerel the same age (different breed) and he hasn't even shown the slightest sign of trying a crow yet.

    Keep watching them - if you're like me (and sounds like you are) there is nothing like that first crow!!!

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